Modern Times Beer

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Ranked #96
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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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Photo of smcolw
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.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerSleuth
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
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.

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Photo of Jaybeam
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!

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Photo of jwc215
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!

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Photo of GarrettB
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.

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Photo of amadsteve
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.

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
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.

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Photo of twage04
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.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
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.

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Photo of TerryW
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.

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Photo of SmashAdams
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

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Photo of CTHomer
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;

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Photo of stoumi
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.

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
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.

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Photo of Beer_Right_Back
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This exceptional beer is full of tropical fruit flavor, and packs just the right amount of sour punch without being overbearing. It is light enough to be truly refreshing, without lacking any of the complexity that we seek. This is a perfect beer for nearly anyone, whether they are into beer, or not.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi-clear light amber with a thin bubbly wispy film and ridged collar.

Smell is really passion fruit and floral forward and taste is much the same, paired with toasted cracker malt, yet it manages a bitter grassy swallow in the crisp semi-dry finish and light effervescent body.

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

First had poured from pint can, gift from brother, into pilsner glass.

The huge tropical fruity and funky aroma from the Passionfruit and Guava is enjoyable and fortunately misleading, as the beer is not overwhelmingly juicy, but clearly a gose, balanced between cracker and fruit, with a slightly-briny finish.

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

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Slightly cloudy light golden pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Nice lacing.

S: Tart and fruity... green fruits and funk.

T/F: Tart up front... more green fruits. Guava, passionfruit, and lemon citrus mid swig. Modest sweetness after the initial tart... light... a bit of brine/salt. A bit of funk. Light bodied... effervescent carbonation.

O: A stellar gose... all the expected flavors and easy drinking. Very sessionable at sub 5%.

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Photo of Buck89
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into a shaker pint glass. A very hazy golden color with a modest white head - looked like a NEIPA. The aroma was bright passion fruit and guava. Spot on. Moderately sour on the palate, but in line with the fruit. The fruity notes stood out nicely. ABV well hidden and this felt like a juice drink. Light bodied and medium carbed. Excellent and recommended.

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Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head.
S: Moderate aromas of passionfruit are present in the nose along with notes of guava.
T: The taste follows the smell and has moderate to strong flavors of tropical fruits—with passionfruit standing out in front of the guava. Little if any sourness is perceptible.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed the aromas and flavors of tropical fruits in this beer, but there wan't really any sourness so it didn't taste like a true nose.

Serving type: can

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with a thick foamy head. Head retention is excellent. Lacing is very good. Tart, tropical fruit aroma. Definitely get passion fruit and guava. Very tart taste with same taste profile. Smooth and light bodied with heavier carbonation.

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Photo of Lucular
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap. This beer is fruity, tart, and surprisingly salty. I struggle to find the salt in a lot of goses, but not this one. Slight wheaty aftertaste. Fairly average overall for a fruited gose.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Pours a slightly hazy yellow lemon color with a small white head and some spotty lacing on the glass.

S: Some toasted grain in the background, nice guava and passionfruit, mixed with a slight peach, and slightly tart

T: Nice guava and passionfruit, a slight saltiness, some nice grain and a bit of tartness.

F: Slightly salty and lighter body.

O: This is a very nice gose.

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Photo of antonyliu
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can poured into a pilsener glass…


One finger bubbly white head dissipating quickly to even/minimal lacing. Color is cloudy and a pale apricot.

Guava, mango, and a little funk

Big guava, followed by lingering sour grapefruit bite

Very fizzy, light-medium body


A very enjoyable, drinkable, tropical fruit beer. When in the mood, I’ve purchased single cans several times. It’s not heavy (in ABV or body) and is nice and refreshing like a Calistoga sparkling fruit juice. Canned on Aug. 4 (~60 days old). Purchased 16oz can for $2.50 in Southern California.

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