Modern Times Beer

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Sour - Fruited Kettle Sour
Ranked #413
Ranked #6,573
4.04 | pDev: 6.93%
Modern Times Beer
California, United States
Notes: Formerly Fruitlands - Passion Fruit And Guava

Fruitlands is tart, fruity, and frighteningly delicious. The sour, salty base beer lays down the funky refreshment, while a heavy dose of passion fruit and guava turns the whole thing into a wall-to-wall tropical fruit fiesta. It's a marvelous mix of elements that collides with your mouth like a fruit-filled asteroid of flavor traveling at the supersonic speed of party.
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a rose gold color with a tiny white head.
Aroma of strawberry and citrus fruit, some floral hops.
Taste of strawberry and lime.
Nice mouthfeel. Just salty enough and just sour enough.

Jun 12, 2021
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a single 16 ox can $3.79 Foodland
92 days old
Smell of passion fruit, guava
Heavy-medium mouthfeel
Low-medium carbonation
Taste of passion fruit tartness dominates, light guava flavor
Overall a great representation of the style.

Aug 30, 2020
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1 PINT can
Served in a tulip glass

This beer pours pale yellow and slightly hazy. It is topped with a mountain of off white head that leaves little lacing.

The passionfruit smelled soapy at first whiff. Once the decanted beer settled into its new home a familiar passionfruit aroma began to emanate from my glass. The guava is an equal partner in the aroma bringing tropical goodness to my eager nostrils.

The flavor is tart with gracious portions of passionfruit and guava to help quench my summer thirst. The fruit lingers.

Medium bodied with a dry mouthfeel

This is a nice tart, fruit beer for a hot summer evening. Very refreshing.

Jun 27, 2020
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entheos from California

3.32/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This surprised me! I was expecting a barrel of fruit, yet I got a hearty beer that has the breath of the core of the fruit. This is quite good and delicious!

Jun 07, 2020
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Rug from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 7/16/19

Here we go again with a clearance shelf beer, only $2 for this one. I've been finding lots of good on that shelf lately, let's see what we have here. Also my 2nd sour with passionfruit for the day, interesting

Pours a cloudy yellow gold with less than a finger of white head that quickly recedes to a ring of bubbles

A really sweet fruity aroma greets the nose first, definitely passionfruit along with strong raspberry, a hint of salinity and a touch of wheat

This is not as fruity as the nose would suggest. Starts off dry and citrusy, becoming a sweet/tart fruit mid palate and finishing with light wheat and salt with still just a bit of fruit. Could use more salinity but still tasty

Pretty highly carbonated and light bodied, this is very refreshing. The little bit of salt present adds to this factor, but it still finishes a bit sticky

I had the rose variant of this a while back and wasn't super impressed, but this one was really solid. Another good bargain bin find

May 10, 2020
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Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious. Nose could be a little off putting, because this is truly a sour hose, but the taste is absolutely delicious. Warm to hot weather beer that everyone can enjoy. Not overly fruity or sour either.

Apr 23, 2020
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faraday326 from California

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It pours a hazy, and very pale straw w/ a light head. Touch of pink. Honestly, it's not the best _looking_ beer in the world but ... everything gets better from there.

On the nose its very light, with a touch of fruitiness (guava/passionfruit do come through, if you are primed).

The taste is great, for a lighter sour. Salty, and it's a touch sharp, but not incredibly sour. The notes of fruit come through very nicely, but not heavy. Touches of lime/citrus and wheat, as well.

Overall, as sours go, it's very balanced. This is not a punch-you-in-the-face-with-sour beer... but more balanced... and well.. "drinkable".

Apr 13, 2020
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BeerBobber from Nevada

3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with a finger and a half of crackling white head of large soapy bubbles.

Smell is a bit of that funkiness that goes with tropical fruits. A hint of sour and some salt like an ocean breeze on the smell.

Taste does not really line up with a Gose for me. I like that hints of fruit are available. Just a bit of tart on the taste. Not much salt presence. All flavors are muted into just a liquid taste.

Mouth feel was light and slick. No real tart sour snap at the finish. No underlying salt feel on the tongue.

This one did not work for me. I hate to say it but I was a bit let down. Being on lock down I picked up a four pack of pints at the grocery store when I went out for essentials. Looking forward to a refreshing Gose and I got this. Taste like I say is muted and faint. Mouth is light but has a slick to it. Canned on date 02/20/2020 so it should be good. Hope your experience is better. Cheers!

Apr 10, 2020
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monkist from Hungary

4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer has been the icing on the cake for all the Modern Times beers that I have had so far. Not that it was the best, but that it was something exceptional and flawless for what it was.
It is an amazingly tropical gose. Very tropical, full of passion fruits with tart overtones in the aroma, really mouth puckering. The taste is very similar, very fruity, zesty, tarty, perhaps with a hint of salt gose style, very nice and sour and at the same time balanced out with the guava in there that stops it being too sour and too light like other goses might be, but instead gave it enough sweetness and body to make it a perfect tropical juice. Actually, I loved it, it was fun to drink every drop of it.
Anyone who says otherwise should reconsider and leave their mind open for truly great beers.

Apr 04, 2020
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BergBeer from Hawaii

3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a shaker pint

Look: Hazy pale straw with a medium white head

Smell: Passion fruit and guava up front with some salinity and a certain fartiness that can be a bit off putting from sip to sip.

Taste: Passionfruit and guava upfront again. The body has a big wheat note with a prickly salt and guava finish.

Feel: Prickly carbonation. Light plus body. Medium tart that is more prickly then acidic. Mild bitterness. Mild plus sweetness.

Overall: A clean easy drinking fruited Goze. I really enjoy passionfruit and it pops here as fresh not artificial at all so points for that. My only real gripe is the farty note on the nose but I can look past that for the solid beer that this is.

Jan 25, 2020
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy. Light gold. Modest head which leaves some small spots and streaks.

I get a combination of beef stew, plastic, and bitterness. Unusual but oddly attractive.

Interesting combination of fruit, tart citrus and salt. Good body with a higher carbonation level. The finish is bitingly sour and mildly bitter.

Oct 06, 2019
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BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pink to ruby red. Hazy unfiltered body with strong carbonation. Big time aroma of guava. I also pick up strawberry, passionfruit, and watermelon. Also gentle rose grapes. Taste is the same but with a light wine character. I can also taste some grapefruit. Salty and sweet at the same time. Very refreshing.

Oct 04, 2019
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can, snifter glass. Cloudy golden body, one and half finger white head, fair bit of retention, slight lacing. Moderate but distinct passion fruit tartness; mild lactic acidity and a dab of salt. Bits of lemon and dry zest as well. Mango is not really present, but the passion fruit is hard to miss, and dominates further on the palate. Mildly dry zesty and grainy finish, lighter bodied and crisp otherwise.

Sep 07, 2019
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Jaybeam from New York

4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Got a 4 oz pour from a local brewery. Golden color with a white head. Smell was fruity but a little weak. Overall the taste was amazing. Super fruity taste with a sour dry finish. Highly recommend!

Aug 17, 2019
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jwc215 from Arizona

4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pint can - canned on 07/12/2019:

Pours slightly hazy to slightly murky orange-tinted golden with a fizzy white head that immediately disappears. No real lacing to speak of.

The smell is of soured passion fruit and guava.

The taste is tart/sour. Passionfruit and guava stand out, enhancing the classic gose taste. Wheat tang and hint of salt in the refreshing finish.

It is appropriately light-bodied. Smooth, crisp and refreshing.

This is a well-made gose enhanced with passion fruit and guava. A tropical gose. Tart without being too sour. Fruits enhance and give a tropical twist rather than overwhelm. Enjoyable and easy-to-drink!

Aug 07, 2019
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

September 8th, 2015 - Enjoyed at Toronado for a special event for Modern Times, this was the star of the show. Everyone around me had the same small sherry glass with the raspberry colored liquid, and more importantly, they all wore great big smiles. The aroma has a light watermelon scent, around which is packed a wreath of slightly sour raspberries, raspberry vines, mountain flowers and a touch of cherry. The flavor is even more fascinating. The aroma was a little light and hard to grasp, but the taste is epic. It begins with a delicious, deep fruity and cherry flavor, with a touch of strawberry. All of this is deep and incredibly ripe. It also features a long aftertaste with the same fruit flavor as in the main taste, but it soars, floats and flutters long after the sip like a single line kite. There's also a little graham cracker in there to give the Fruitlands some body and a foil to the basket of fresh fruits. I am now one of the converted, also smiling over my glass.

Jul 10, 2019
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amadsteve from Arizona

2.16/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1

This beer tastes like drinking melted down watermelon jolly ranchers. If thats your thing then more power to ya. I took one taste and poured it out, sorry.

Jul 08, 2019
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

2.8/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Oddly salty. Bready - not my thing.

Fruity malty and carbonated. I haven't swooned over the Gose's I've tried but this one was enjoyable and worth trying.

Jun 14, 2019
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twage04 from North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours gold, medium carbonation. A slight funk on the nose which is typical in a lot of kettle sours I've run into, some fruitiness. Taste is fruity, pretty sour, but maybe not super salty compared to other goses. Once you adjust to the acidity it's an easy drink, refreshing.

Jun 14, 2019
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pouring from a 16 oz. can into a Willi Becher style glass, this beer pours out a slightly hazy gold. It forms a pinky width of white crown.

The nose carries beautiful fruit notes. Passionfruit, guava, peach and a slight saltiness.

The taste comes in with much more malt presence. Crackers, wheat and bread while the fruit slightly shows and a little tartness. Really clean base but do wish for some more fruit. Natural tartness.

Overall, this doesn’t disappoint but I do feel it could bring more.

Jun 12, 2019
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TerryW from Canada (ON)

4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fairly ordinary to look at. Slightly hazy, dirty apricot colour. Big head settles to a ring, no lace. Interesting aroma, fruit, alcohol, something oaky, herbal or woody? Worth inhaling. Fruity and herbal to taste, gently sour. This is something that takes time to wrap your head around, so go at it slowly.

Jun 05, 2019
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SmashAdams from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tons of passionfruit over a nice wheaty base. Easy drinking, refreshing, very fruity but tart and not sweet. A really tasty beer that's great in warm weather. yb

Jun 04, 2019
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CTHomer from Connecticut

4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: slight haze; medium gold in color; 1 finger finely pored white head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: funk, tartness, and tropical fruit;

T: funk up front, then tartness; the tropical fruit builds from the beginning to the end;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate to high carbonation; dry finish;

O: more tart the funk, which I appreciate;

May 26, 2019
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stoumi from California

4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fruitlands pours with a slightly cloudy appearance with a golden copper color and a healthy 1-finger soapy head depositing some good lacing. The smell is fruit forward with the passionfruit and guava shining through, as well as a floral hint and a light funk. There's an initial salty tartness on the palette, as it gives way to the passionfruit with a bit of a grapefruit bite, as it finishes smooth.

Mar 21, 2019
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Truly exceptional. Outstanding gose in general, and the moderate addition of the tropical fruit is wonderful.

Pretty copper-gold body with a slight haze, much darker and richer in appearance than most goses. Thin eggshell film that provides a little splotchy patches of lacing.

Nose is remarkable. Plenty of familiar lemon and saline notes, but the floral and fruity tropical notes, plus a wonderful berry element, take the aroma profile to another level. Can’t imagine a much better nose for a gose.

Flavor notes are absolutely in line with the nose: tart citrus, tropical fruit (with a distinct but subtle watermelon note), a near-perfect salinity, and tart berries. This one isn’t a puckerer, and isn’t over the top with any of its flavors. It’s just wonderfully balanced and exactly on point with what I was hoping for given the gose categorization and tropical fruit description.

Feel is wonderfully soft and creamy, with the tropical fruit falling off on the backend, leaving salt and tart citrus as the lingering aftertaste.

Mar 18, 2019
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