Dymaxion | Modern Times Beer

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Modern Times Beer
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 92
Photo of Beer_Right_Back
2.25/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

We feel that this beer is not strong enough to be a true pale, in either flavor or punch, and overall the beer lacked any kind of consistency. We wished we could taste more of the tropical fruits as advertised, as well.

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Photo of Reidrover
3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz can from Trader Joe in Salem Oregon
Hazy light orange body to the beer with a huge rocky/frothy off white head.
Aromas of orange, lemon , grapefruit and a wee bit cat pee.
Taste simlar..even the cat pee..but its very minor.
mouth feel is pretty average for the style..low carb.
I wasnt too impressed..its OK..but not high end of APAs

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Photo of Spikester
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy gold with three fingers of white head. Rings and splotches of lace as liquid drops.
Smell is dank green hops with a good bready malt .
Taste is dank green hops with a bit of pine. Malts are supportive and pleasant.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation. Finish is lightly dry and mildly bitter.
Overall a pleasant and tasty Pale Ale. Canned on 08/31/2018.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 9/5/18, consumed on 11/11/18 - poured from a tall-boy into my Moonlight shaped pint glass.

Moderately hazy amber body; off-white half finger cap; soapy lacing; decent retention.

Cannabis, berries, tropical fruit, and a bit of citrus in the nose - primarily and decisively dank.

Marijuana, scallions, papaya, pineapple, passion-fruit, kiwi, and lime emerge in the flavor profile. Mild but persistent bitterness throughout. Some low hints of jack-fruit if not durian. Medium-dry, herbaceous finish with hints of marmalade spread on crackers. The malt bill gains traction as the beer warms, but never competes with the hops.

Medium-bodied, some heat from the alcohol, fairly high carbonation.

I would have assumed this was an IPA rather than an APA given how aggressively it is hopped. A crisp, but not quite refreshing sipper.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with a thin foamy head. Retention is minimal. Lacing is good. Somewhat juicy aroma
Light citrus and somewhat earthy. Citrus taste. More of a herbal taste at the end. Mild bitterness but some astringency at the end. Beer was a little warm when tasted. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of jwc215
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Chaparral Safeway, Scottsdale, AZ:

Pours thick foggy/cloudy yellow. The head doesn't hold up. Little lacing.

The smell is hop-forward - herbal/floral and citric (grapefruit).

The taste is citric (orange, lemon, grapefruit) - Sour/bitter finish.

The feel is creamy. Full-bodied - thickish.

A hop bomb of an APA. Imbalanced, you could say - but if you like APA's with a forward hop profile, get it and enjoy!

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Photo of antonyliu
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into a snifter glass…


Hazy light straw color, turbid activity with an inviting look

Dank, piney, resiny hops; Grapefruit. More tropical as it warmed up, with a little funk and stink on the nose

So this is Nelson hops. I’m getting hoppiness, citrus zest, some spice and peppery phenols on the end.

Soft, watery feel, yet a little tingly. Carbonation seemed to go from fizzy to flat quickly.

Look of the pour was amazing at first, but over time I wasn’t feeling this one. It felt watery and unbalanced, particularly as time went by, in as little as 10-15min. It reminded me of Stone’s Cali-Belgique IPA (light, dank, IPA with a touch of funk), but without the carbonation retention. I don’t think I’ll get this again at the price. Can was $2.99 and roughly 90 days old.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a Modern Times Beer glass

A: Pours hazy golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a firm layer and leaves some light lacing.

S: Lively zesty citrus, big fruity side, stone fruit, tropical fruit, faintly white wine-ish, slight dank herbal notes, a little resinous pine, crackery malt, and a touch of sweetness.

T: Zesty citrus, tangerine, lemon lime, and grapefruit, then the fruity side takes over, definitely getting the nelson contribution, apricot, gooseberry, white grape, passion fruit, and papaya, floral, slight herbal and grassy notes, a little resinous pine, crackery biscuity malt, and a touch of sweetness. The weird thing is how much the flavor fades the longer it's in your mouth, leaving a shockingly clean finish with basically nothing lingering.

M: Light to medium body, somewhat lively carbonation, finishes super dry.

O: I'm not quite sure what to make of this one. It's got plenty of great flavor and zing up front, but it finishes almost watery. It feels like the love child of a NEIPA and a session IPA. I hate to say it, but I like the can design a fair bit more than the beer inside it.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can sent over from California from Don. Poured into Sierra Nevada swirl glass. Canned 8/27/18.

Deep hazy juicy hay color with a tall creamy head of 3 fingers leaving lots of lace behind.

Fantastic nose. Fresh hops galore. Floral and fresh fruit aromas waft up. Apricot, pineapple, orange, gooseberry, grapefruit juice, orange juice, and pine.

Slightly dank, slightly creamy white wine. Grapefruit and orange pith, stringy pineapple, pine, herbs, slight tea notes, and some grassy tree bark stuff. Ends semi-clean but still pretty dank-ish.

Feel is crisp and effervescent, slightly juicy, good acidity, nice crisp finish with polite faint resins.

Overall a very good NE IPA that I'd definitely have again.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think that in this life we expect too much. She’s hot, but when was the last time she offered to pay for a meal, let alone a latte? Yeah, the Dodgers won, but Kershaw got torched and they burned their bullpen... So sometimes (a lot of the time) Raul just thinks, “Hey, she’s hot, and she’s giving you her time!” Or “The Dodgers won, and that’s good enough!” A lot of the time, good stuff happens, but as humans we find a way to dwell on the negative. Well, guess what? Raul ain’t got nothing to dwell on on Dyaxion. Is it large and in charge like Miranda Kerr in a corset? No, but Miranda in a simple water bra ain’t nothing to sneeze at either. We got a nice Pale here, my peeps. And Raul likes it for what it is.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My review is probably worthless due to my lack of appreciation for Nelson hops. Albeit, there is more going on here than just the hops. So I'll just let the numbers speak.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2018 version from a growler.

Dymaxion pours an opaque orange juice color. Not completely murky, but pretty close. A forgettable white foam above quickly dissipates and leaves little more than a ring around the perimeter.

Wow does this thing reek of pineapple and grapefruit juice. There is also a less intense mango aroma that softens the whole thing a bit. The Nelson signature white wine/ gooseberry elements lie within the depths.

The flavor is much less citric or sharp than I was expecting. Mango puree, cactus fruit, and even cucumber water come to mind. Once again, the Nelson hops factor in their presence on the back end, especially in the after taste.

Though Dymaxion has a little tingle to it, this seems very dry and watery even. It has a soft carbonation and is pretty much spot on balanced.

If the aroma and flavor weren't there, I think this might be forgettable. But they save this beer, and let's be real... aroma and flavor usually are the biggest factors, at least for me. Cheers.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 16oz can to a tall, narrow pint (Green Cheek nucleated flute). According to a black ink canning date on the underside of the can, this was packaged on September 4, 2018 (“CANNED ON 09/04/2018 11181219”), or just 13 days ago at the time of this writing.

Appearance (3.5): This pours out three fizzy, enthusiastic fingers of ecru foam, capping a yellow-golden body that’s tastefully hazy—far from clear, but definitely not murky or opaque. The head dies down fairly quickly, leaving a severely pock-marked cap and broadly-spaced, broken legs of clumpy lacing. Beautiful body, kind of disappointing head.

Smell (4.5): Replete with floral, grassy, and citrus pithy notes, the nose carries underripe mango and faintly dank undertones. The malt/grain bill is dry, light, and crackery, with gentle sourdough and biscuit crust scents. After agitating the beer a tad, the glass emanates bright red grapefruit peel and dank, dank, dank aromas. This is excellent.

Taste (4.25): Following the nose, the palate is coated with grapefruit zest, slightly resinous/dank character, a touch of key lime, big wads of fresh-cut grass, and sugared lemon wedges. The malt/grain bill also follows the nose, leaning more into the biscuit crust with a very lightly toasted character that ties itself to the brighter, bitter peaks of the hop body, in turn acting as an anchor for the hops when the grain bill is otherwise too light to balance the hops. As the beer transitions from mid-palate to its finish, a mixture of grass and grapefruit zest fades into a surprisingly soft, but eminently dry, finish. Any sign of hop astringency is cleared away by the end of the drink.

Mouthfeel (4.75): This is outstanding. The body is somewhat on the light- side of medium-weight without being flimsy, thanks to a full, silky feel in the body. Carbonation adds to that silkiness, offering a pillowy bed of slightly, maybe, just-barely-a-little-too-soft bubbles that yield to the body before foaming up with a modest tingle and washing out. It all finishes dry but never parching, maintaining the right amount of levity to usher in the next sip.

Overall (4.0): This is a great beer, and absolutely crushable. It’s like a lawnmower beer fucked a NE IPA while on vacation in New Zealand and this lil’ buddy came out nine months later. While offering a nice, firm hop character with a good balance of flavor, aroma, and bitterness, the body moderates all bitterness with a soft, fluffy feel while staying light—but without sacrificing balance. It’s a nice little magic trick in the name of subtlety. Highly recommended, especially if you’re looking for a crusher version of your typical haze bomb.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Can from ABV.

A mildly hazy orange with a dense, white head with good retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is unique. Dank grape juice, with an incredible blend of weed and green grape, a touch of skunk and a clean malt character are present. Some peach as well. The palate opens bright and fruity, and as an interesting twist to the style, a moderate dankness as well. Soft and delicately fruity with an intriguing malt softness, mildly melony in nature. Unique to other hazy pale ales is the balance and combination of dankness, fruit and malt. Fantastic.

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Photo of stevepat
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful bright blonde/yellow with a medium head of snow white big bubbles that dissipate swiftly leaving moderate lacing. Beer is not transparent but doesn't appear hazy.
Smell is bright and floral. Nice malty sweetness and just a hint of herbal and lemony notes.
Taste is remarkably creamy, if I had to guess blind what style this was I would have gone with cream ale. It leads with a pleasant bit of bitterness and pepperiness (black not red). Then it melts into a smooth creamy maltiness that slowly becomes a sort of candied orange finish.
Mouthfeel is wonderful, crisp and full. All the demerits doles out for tasting like a cream ale are repaid in credits for feeling like a cream ale. This is a wonderfully full pale ale without venturing into syrupy territory.
Overall this is a really nice example of a modern american pale ale. I'm sure purists among us will find problems with its execution but for those of us who enjoy the modern US take on the style this is a true gem. Definitely not an IPA with a lower ABV this is a nicely balanced ale that emphasizes pale malt flavors and judicious tastes from modern aromatic hops.

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 8/27/18, consumed 9/16/18

L: Hazy but not cloudy dirty straw with a nice head that left tons of thick bands of lacing.

A: Nice bright fruit notes of lychee, grapes, and tropical fruits with just a bit of dank herbal & floral notes.

T: Everything from the aroma but to the next degree, more substantial and simply delicious.

F: Medium-light, good carbonation, a bit of solid bitterness, a level down from clean & dry.

O: A really great pale ale, one of the best rotating ones out. Nicely features and highlights the wonderful aroma and flavor of Nelson hops. Must try.

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Photo of BWood
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice big fluffy head and great lacing. Pillows of fluff sit on top of the beer for a good while.

Nice tropical smell. Fruits and light pines.

Taste has fruit definitely. Pineapple...maybe guava or melon. Something tropical but can't put a finger on it. Nice and crisp ipa.

Feel is soft like a pillow. As the bottle says.

Overall a damn good beer. Low abv makes it a perfect beer for a day at the pool or beach.

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Photo of zonker17
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy NE style golden color, a finger of head, much lacing. Citrus nose, with deep pine notes. Taste is light on bitterness, more focused on orange, rind, some mild tropical fruits. Feel above medium and average carbonation.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz into Bell's Oberon Pint Glass. Bottled on February 24th 2017.

L: Hazy pale yellow, nice finger width fluffy off-white head. Retains well, lacing is good as well.

S: Lots of tropical notes here with stone fruit, some dank pine, floral and herbal notes as well. Oranges, guava, peach. Pleasant.

T: Follows the nose closely only divergence is there is less pine and more sweet fruit. Very tasty.

F: Light-Medium, good carbonation, semi-dry.

O: A pretty delicious Pale Ale. I love trying beer with experimental hop varieties. Not the greatest beer I have had but certainly one I would recommend to most anyone.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle. Hazy pale orange. Smells of soft citrus, orange, wheat, bright tangerine, and grape. Tastes of orange, tangerine, and grape. Garlic bite behind it. Wheat. Light grainy malt. Medium light body. Crushable and delicious.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Modern Times willybecher pint
From: Trader Joe’s in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $5.99
Purchased: March 31, 2017
Consumed: March 31, 2017
Reviewed as: American Pale Ale
Misc.: Bottled on Feb. 24, 2017

As crazy as it sounds, I think this was the first time I saw this in a store in California. I had seen it once before in Henderson, Nev., but don’t think I’d seen it in San Diego. Had to get it as I have every monthly beer they release. Not sure what to think heading in reading that’s it’s soft and pillowy.

Poured a light yellow cloudy color with three fingers of rocky white head. Calm underneath with just a few noticeable bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Excellent layered spiderweb lacing. World-class foamy retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled mostly tropical notes from the jump. Got stone fruit, sugary peach, dank resin, New Zealand hops, floral, orange blossom, a touch of white grapefruit, papaya and hints of guava. Toward the end reminded me more of those sugary IPAs from The Alchemist and the like. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste followed the nose for the most part. This was good. Still those sugary fruit notes dominating. Not as dank as the smell. Got stone fruit, papaya, sugary peach, citrus pulp, New Zealand hops, mango, orange blossom, white grapefruit, resin, pineapple and hints of spices. Hard to believe that this isn’t an IPA. (Taste - 4.25)

Light-to-medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt tropical finish. (Feel - 4.25)

For a pale ale this was awesome. Pleasantly surprised. (Overall - 4.25)

4.19 | 93 | A-

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into Willybecher glass bottled sometime in Feb.

A: Straw, light gold body small soapy white head amazing clarity.

S: papaya, grapefruit, some pineapple a little herbal and a little floral

T: Light papaya, pineapple, very little bitterness, some very light Crackery malts.

M: Medium bided with decent carbonation with just a little mouth cling.

O: This is a pretty solid pale ale lots of happiness in this guy and fairly easy drinking. Is it anything astonishing? No, but it is well done.

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Photo of mactrail
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slight haze on the dark yellow brew in the tall Rodenbach goblet with a nice pile of foam. The aroma is quite distinctly fruit at first sip. Then it's grapefruit and orange blossoms and totally delirious. I had a glass at cool room temp which seems to accentuate the aromatics.

This has such a persistent grapefruit juice taste, but a little watery like fresh squeezed from the fruit. Quite unique in my experience. There's a slight bitterness in the aftertaste, just like after that gulp of grapefruit juice. My second glass is from the fridge and the fruit taste is more pronounced. These New Zealand hops are just delicious (Motueka, Riwaka, and NZ experimental varieties). Fine-grained persistent foam From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Trader Joes.

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Photo of gcasher
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber 1 month old
Very hazy golden yellow with foamy white head
Smells and tastes of citrus bitter hops
Reminds me of tiny cans of grapefruit juice.
Nice mouthfeel

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.99/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - nice golden amber hazy beer with a white head that sticks and leaves great lacing
S - big peach, papaya, orange zest, grapefruit, pummelo, pineapple juice, hop zest, dank, garlic onion in a good way, overly ripe fruits, just huge huge huge east coast ipa tones
T - again big peach, papaya, orange zest, grapefruit, pummelo, melon, pineapple juice, hop zest, dank, garlic onion, ganja, definite hop bite (no shit right?)
M - light to medium mouthfeel, alc covered, aftertaste is orange zest, grapefruit, peach
O - damn. I gotta give this one the almost perfect. Its as good as a pale ale gets pretty much. Amazing beer.

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