Palace Of Cracked Heads
Modern Times Beer

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Style:
Wild Ale
ABV:
9%
Score:
95
Avg:
4.45 | pDev: 8.54%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
47
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Modern Times Beer
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  36
Gots
  8
SCORE
95
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Notes: Palace of Cracked Heads is our red wine barrel-aged nectarine sour (Empty Hats is the base beer.) After 11 months in red wine barrels, we added 50lbs per barrel of fresh, organic, heirloom nectarines, which spent 5 months in the barrels before bottling. The resulting beer is saturated with fresh nectarine flavor & aroma, complimented by a hugely funky aroma & a loads of sourness.
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Reviews by ThePaleRider:
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ThePaleRider from California

4.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well this is the sour to beat all sours. Great sour that's loaded with nectarine aroma and flavor. The nectarine isn't overwhelming in the flavor, and really turns on in the end.

For Modern Times's first sour release this is an amazing brew, but the price point for your first sour release should be a little lower. $30 for unproven brew is just a little over the top. Please brew this again and I will gladly pay the price.

Dec 22, 2014
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imyourhero21 from California

5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Like the description says, smells and tastes like a juicy nectarine. I cant wait for rampart junction !!

Dec 30, 2014
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Rollzroyce21 from California

4.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

- 750 mL bottle poured into Black Tuesday glencairn on 3-Jan-15

There's a rush of sweet nectarine goodness up front, followed by a brief splash of tartness that dissipates into a refined dryness. High fruit up front; high tartness in the back that doesn't linger. One of the best sours in my recent memory! Not sure how they would make this any better.

Jan 03, 2015
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Phil-Fresh from California

4.46/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle.

A: Baked nectarines, moderate esters of dried fruit, moderately light malt presence, with a slight vinous note.

A: Deep orange color, totally opaque with a thin white head that slowly recedes to a thin film across the glass.

T: Moderate baked nectarines, some moderate dried fruit esters, slightly vinous, mixed with a light malt presence. There is a moderate sourness, giving the beer an interesting sweet, sour combination.

M: Medium-full bodied with moderately light carbonation. The beer has a moderate sourness, is not acidic.

O: Pretty solid; the nectarines provide an interesting spin on the Oud Bruin style. This beer has mellowed a lot over time and isn’t nearly as funky and fruit forward compared to being fresh. The dried fruit esters worked well, but did not perfectly compliment. While a bit sourer than other contemporary commercial examples, the beer is interesting and quite drinkable.

Apr 18, 2016
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drewone from California

4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 17, 2015
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largadeer from California

4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mar 20, 2015
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HopHead84 from California

3.58/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jan 04, 2015
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rbrefbeerman from California

4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nov 23, 2018
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oriolesfan4 from Maryland

4.18/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 27, 2017
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billab914 from Virginia

4.21/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jul 31, 2017
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imperialking from Illinois

4.66/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Feb 05, 2016
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wethorseblanket from California

4.21/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jan 11, 2015
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GRG1313 from California

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 10, 2016
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jeezie from California

4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Jan 12, 2015
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taospowder from New Mexico

4.37/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sep 21, 2018
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mdaschaf from Indiana

4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aug 03, 2015
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warnerry from Michigan

4.34/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 12, 2015
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bsuedekum from Missouri

3.74/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jan 25, 2015
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westcoastbeerlvr from California

4.46/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mar 20, 2015
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ThirstyMiner from California

4.95/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I lucked out and was able to get all three fruit variations of the new Modern Times sours and had this one as my 1000th beer overall and it was well worth the special designation.

The nose on it is complex but the sweet aroma of the nectarines easily comes through and mixes nicely with the funk from the bugs in this beer.

The taste follows perfectly, with each sip bursting with juicy nectarines on top of a perfectly sour base that finishes cleanly. This beer stands with other fruit-added sours from Jester King, Upland, and Cascade, no problem.

Feb 15, 2015
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kiki3drt292 from California

4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mar 20, 2015
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gjahn123 from California

4.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Dec 26, 2014
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lucius10 from California

4.06/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet and tart, peach-nectarine, hint of funk, and hint of red wine nose on this one! Taste follows somewhat with a sour/under-ripe nectarine and sangria-like vibe on the swallow. Some salty notes show up as it warms and the juicy sourness starts to dominate the fruit a bit on the finish. Still pretty good...and a heavy-hitter coming in at 8.1% ABV.

Jun 17, 2020
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yeaprolly from Washington

4.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mar 28, 2016
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cuvtcuv from Florida

4.37/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 09, 2017
Palace Of Cracked Heads from Modern Times Beer
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 47 ratings