Mount Remarkable
Modern Times Beer

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American Lager
3.86 | pDev: 8.03%
Modern Times Beer
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: Our very first lager! This crisp, pale crusher was dry hopped with badass Australian Helga & Ella hops, imparting a floral, herbal complexity to this super tasty warm weather guzzler.
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Photo of anon
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a glowing yellow hue, pretty clear, with a nice amount of carbonation. Finger width head reduces to a thin, fluffy layer with fantastic retention and light lacing.

Smells very lager-forward with lots of grassy, grainy, straw aromas along with an undertone of bitter floral hops. Following through on the taste is lots of pale lager attributes; grass, crackers, straw, a touch of pilsner malt. Floral, dry hop goodness blends really well with the pale lager base, a bit of a juicy bite in the backbone and lots of grain and grass bitterness linger. Medium body with just a touch of dryness in the overall juicy finish.

Actually quite enjoyed this one. A nice example and take on the style.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle with my FW Imperial Nonic glass
Notes taken on 06/21/2015

A: Light caramel amber body with some impeccable clarity showing off a vibrant bubble show inside. On the surface a tall sudsy paper white mass of froth forms over. Lively and somewhat quick to dispel back down into the glass. There stays back multi-layered tracks of sticky coarse lacing.

S: Smells quite pungent and unique with the essence of white wine grapes at the forefront. Grassy and floral with an interesting mixture of spice and herbs going on. Some mild malt underpins all the fruity and exotic hop aromas. Really drawn to this one as it has some very different qualities to it including honey dew melon, more white wine grape, and a bit of peppery spice.

T: Flavors start grassy and herbal with a lemony spice twist to it. The palate shifts into a flurry of melon fruit and white wine grape on through to the finish. I get some peppercorn spice in this and it comes across somewhat Sauvignon Blanc like. There is some very unobtrusive crackery malt lying underneath that moderate amount of perceived bitterness. Alcohol is really well masked and I am finding this to be very nice. Crisp and refreshing with spice hops and juicy fruit like qualities.

M: Light bodied with a crisp snappy pop from the carbonation. Moderate amounts of constricting bitterness there. Bone dry at the finish. Mostly clean with some mild lingering action.

D: Light, crisp, and tasty this one is very refreshing and easy to drink. The new found Aussie hops are definitely adding a unique twist. Can’t say I am in love with them but overall this was enjoyable.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden, perfectly clear, nice carbonation though the bubbles are a bit loose. Pretty much looks right on. Nose is pretty muted - ritz cracker, honey, grass, maybe a hint of dried flowers. Hops are much more present in the taste but still subdued, as is appropriate for the style. Nice crisp finish.

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Photo of nmann08
3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a bottle pours a clear light gold color. Nose is floral, but muted. The flavor is a bit tannic, but weak. A little floral hops, but overall the hop content is absent. The lager characteristics are left to hang alone and makes this a pretty boring beer. Good mouthfeel, definitely crushable but not much flavor.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner style glass.

Deep brass crystal clear body, with some green hue to the brass yellow color. Lots of cola sized carbonation, and a soapy bright white head of about 2 fingers. Manages to dissolve pretty quickly as well to a sudsy collar.

Slightly floral nose, but also a bit closed. Not much malt presence or clean quality coming off, a bit of light flour but kind of neutral. A bid of faint bread depth is in the back but it's tiny. Nothing offensive that's for sure.

Palate manages to be convincing enough. Light crisp but also a bit of sweet and dough malt manages to poke out, through a very supportive body. Missing a bit of crispness, but also hinting hop bite. Mild muted hop presence, with not an obvious angle that I can pick out. Clean finish, and some more of the bready and even sweet honey notes kick in just a touch, but simple and small.

Overall it's a well made brew, but it's lacking a bit of things that make me want to remember it more. Decent.

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Photo of McStagger
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pale straw or even golden. Nice amount of carbonation forms and eggshell white head. Decent to good retention. Lot of little bubbles form up for the head. Excellent clarity.

S: Definite new world hoppiness in the nose. Things like melon and berry. with a distinct crackery maltiness underneath. Maybe even getting slight hints of saltine.

T: Nice. Quick shot of very mild bitterness up front. Flavors are lightly fruity, with more melon. However, the grain is the dominant flavor from mid palate forward. Very crackery and light, but almost slightly toasted, again like a saltine or oyster cracker. Other users have noted corn, which I can pick up, but it's not in overdone corn flake/porridge style of an AAL. It's lightly toasted and not sweet.

M: Pretty light mouthfeel. Slightly slick on the tongue. Carbonation is ample and pops the tastebuds.

O: Very, very solid lager that looks beautiful in the glass and has a very unique aroma. Still, sessionable at seven bucks a bomber? I'm calling shennanigans. Might purchase again, especially if sold at a more reasonable price.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Manzanita pint glass
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $5.99 (I think (lost receipt))
Purchased: May 21, 2015
Consumed: May 22, 2015
Misc.: N/A

Poured a light yellow, pale, clear color with two fingers of frothy, off-white head, which thinned out rather quickly. A lot of bubbles coming up at different points of the beer. Light spotty foamy spots of lacing on the sides of the glass. Below average retention. (Sight – 3.75)

Smelled lots of hops up front, mainly floral, Nelson Sauvin, Galaxy and light Citra. Definitely getting dry-hopped stuff as well. Also got peach, apricot, faint orange rind and some buttery caramel malts. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste wasn’t as flavorful as the nose. More of a pilsner than a pale lager on the tongue. For hops, got floral, spicy Nelson Sauvin, light Galaxy and some Citra, all with a slight dry-hopped backbone (not as bad as the nose). Also orange creamscicle, slight resin, corn, wheat, honey, caramel and grassy notes. (Taste - 3.75)

Light body. Oily-to-thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, refreshing finish. (Feel - 3.75)

Not a bad beer, especially for the summer. I’m not a huge fan of the style, but this would probably be in the top five. (Overall - 3.75)

3.75 | 85 | B+

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Photo of fourstringer
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a capped bomber into a flared pint glass. Moderate hand. I didn't see a date.

A: Rich, golden yellow body with good clarity. 1 finger of white head with average retention. A bit of lacing.

S: Sweet pale malt with quite a lot of fruit happening. Pear, peach, mango and tropical fruit. Light cracker. Faint hay. Pretty damn juicy.

T: Solid, malty punch up front with tasty grains. Hint of corn in a suprisingly contributory role. The taste does stand in stark contrast to the nose. I was suprised by the degree of noble-type hopping that developed. Semi-dry to dry finish, but very clean. Lingering cracker, grass, floral hops.

M: Moderate carbonation with a moderate body. Smooth with just the right amount of fizz.

O: Spot on. Very nice lager with a unique, fruit-forward nose. I could drink this all day. I was recently introduced to Modern Times during a trip to San Diego. Everything I tried really struck a chord. This one was no exception.


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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thick swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, cracker, grass, and earthy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, grass, and slight corn flake 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 good beer that is light and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light golden yellow color with a thick white head. Leaves loads of lacing; carapils doing its job. Smell is pretty faint. I'm getting bready malts, orange peel, a little chalk, and slightly sweet. Taste is upfront biscuity malt with slight floral and citrusy hops. I was expecting more from the hops but they mostly contribute bitterness. Finishes super clean, which I expect from a lager. Mouthfeel is super crisp. This is what a lager should drink like. Best part of the beer. Light on its feet, easy to drink, and refreshing. I just wish there were more going on flavor wise. Overall, a very good lager, but I'm not completely sold. It does its job by providing a light refreshing beverage with higher than usual flavor, but it isn't something I would come back to. I love Modern Times and can tell this is a really well crafted beer, but it's not quite for me. Now let's get some more City of the Sun.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Citrus, light biscuity malt. Noble hop flavors. Lingering soapiness and a bit of sour sauvignon blanc quality. Light body, dry (FG 1.006). Good, balanced, though not especially remarkable for me.

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Photo of rand
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From 22 oz bomber to pilsner glass

Crisp straw-yellow in color, effervescent with a quickly receding head. The nose is crackery and floral, with a hint of coriander at the edge of the bouquet. More hop-like on the palate, with bitter citrus-zest and grassy notes at the front, grainy sweetness and yeasty aspects to close. Light and refreshing throughout the sip, the extra hopping of this brew makes a drinkable, session-style lager refreshing and 'remarkable'.

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Photo of mactrail
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear pale gold with a lovely pile of suds in the Peroni Lager glass. The whiff of funky, flowery hops makes me smile. Light and bright with sparkly carbonation.

Remarkable and delicous crackery taste. You know, Stoned Wheat crackers. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Barons Market on West Point Loma.

The people at Sierra Nevada will be trying to reverse engineer this one. What a delicious light bodied beer. It's a reminder that traditional styles can be updated and made fresh again. I suppose to be fair, in a blind tasting you would pick this out as the Czech Pilsener. Still, coming after my other 2015 rave beer, Booming Rollers, I'd say that Modern Times is the best brewery in San Diego.

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