Critical Band | Modern Times Beer

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4.22/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Modern Times Beer
California, United States
moderntimesbeer.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This deeply juicy stunner in the mold of City of the Sun and Booming Rollers will be replacing Aurora in the seasonal line-up next year. While our beloved red rye IPA will undoubtedly be missed, we think you’ll agree with our decision once you get a face-full of this outrageously tasty IPA. Brewed with Denali, Ekuanot, Citra, and Centennial hops, Critical Band is a blast wave of pineapple, papaya, and pink grapefruit over a crisp, restrained malt bill, before wrapping up in a soft, round finish that leaves you with warm feelings and an intense desire for another sip.

Added by Kurmaraja on 07-02-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,905
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
151
pDev:
5.21%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
26
Trade:
0
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Photo of socon67
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mchegash
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Chris7482
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBrewsky
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Full and bright yellow color, somewhat orange. Haze is evident. 2 fingers of head with moderate lacing.
Smell: Notes of citrus and earthy hop presence. Slight breadiness.
Taste: Some and straightforward. Nice juice flavor with contrasting bitterness from the hops. Finish is clean and crisp with lingering fruit sweetness.
Feel: Medium in body and in weight. Perfect carbonation, very smooth and easy to drink.
Overall: Great job MT. This is great and easy to drink. Totally worth trying. I am grateful to have tried. Cheers!

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

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

Photo of rudzud
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a trade. Canned on 5/17/18

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice hazy golden hue with a one finger white head that faded slowly to leave a nice creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of incredibly bright citrus zest and orange juice, enormous pineapple, papaya, and ruby red grapefruit juice. Just absurdly tropical. Actually made me say 'wow' out loud.

T - Taste is similar to the nose but not nearly as staggeringly awesome. Still though, really nice grapefruit peel and juice that turns just a touch bitter on the finish. The pineapple isn't quite as nice but it's still there. Same goes for the papaya; present but much more balanced. Which while a good thing when it's compared to how assertive that nose is it leads to a bit of disappointment.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, crisp, medium bodied.

O - Overall this was an insanely aromatic IPA. Just in your face ruby red grapefruit, papaya, and pineapple. Malts are incredibly soft as well. The taste, while still very good, does not live up to the nasal assault that this beer does.

Serving Type: Can

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Photo of wilymobastardo
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Khaack
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheEpeeist
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of retry4z
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A soft, juicy, citrus-infused beer with hazy, orange-juice-like appearance and sweet, biscuity and grainy malt profile, and fruity and tropical hop aroma. Very drinkable and refreshing, as well as enjoyable as a sipping beer. It’s very well balanced between the hoppy and the malty characteristics, and provides the best of both while not owhelwelming the senses with either. One of the best of the North East IPA style examples.

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Photo of Stengelfoot
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wizzle32
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wheels2532
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JMills52
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of spelingchampeon
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

CO 5-18-18
16oz can into 20oz Spiegelau IPA
L: Cloudy orange, with small particulates. Very little head and lacing.
A: Pineapple, pine and light melon upfront. Lots of fruit-citrus in the background.
T: While the taste has all the components of the aroma, the flavors are very well balanced.
F: Light to medium. A good kick of carbonation, very low bitterness. No lingering of either.
O: A nice blend between NEIPA and a juicy IPA.

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Photo of 310gts
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Donkster46
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A frolicking pour with the head settling in at two fingers over the hazy orange liquid; nice retention with some spotty lacing

Smell: Bright and floral, with pineapple and papaya buttressed by lime pith

Taste: Pineapple and papaya forward with lime flavors developing; pith, in the middle, with a restrained, somewhat bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Enjoyable, with some NE IPA elements though not as juicy as the best examples of the style

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Critical Band from Modern Times Beer
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 151 ratings