Modern Times Beer

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IPA - American
Ranked #157
Ranked #3,324
4.25 | pDev: 5.18%
Modern Times Beer
California, United States
Notes: This 16oz hazy wunderkind will be crafted with a bevy of Citra & Simcoe hops and fermented with London III yeast, yielding a dazzlingly delicious IPA with massive notes of mango, stone fruit, and tropical magic that are going to light up your pleasure receptors like a frickin’ Christmas tree.

IBUs: 50
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elNopalero from California

3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pours a slightly hazy straw gold. I like the aroma. Juicy and fruity with a tangerine mandarin squeeze. Rounded, with a touch of bitterness. Grew on me with each sip.

Pours a turbid, murky yellow. No foam.
Little aroma. Tart hoppy bitterness is the defining flavor. It’s a muddled mess!

I had it twice, different experiences each time.

Nov 29, 2019
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mpyle from Maryland

4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to DW for providing this sample - hand carried from San Diego!

Could see that it was cloudy coming out of the can. Deep golden or pale amber color, hyper cloudy. Pours a moderate sized white head, creamy and decently lasting.

Sweet fruity nose with a lot of orange and mango - very pleasant but not overly interesting.

A bit of malty sweetness initially, then loads of hop flavors. A lot of mango, and the hop flavor strikes me as more interesting than the aroma. Seemingly brewed in the hop burst or at least very heavily skewed toward late additions hopping - just a mellow, gentle bitterness at the end. The hop flavors and tropical fruit linger into the finish. Hop flavors are intense and pleasant.

Medium body and low end of medium carbonation. Seems to have a bit of warming (or am I feeling the hot sauce from dinner?) Has a tanginess or tartness on the tongue, but isn't astringent.

I think this takes the modern IPA to the extreme, and does it well. Remarkably fresh tasting with the hops.

Jun 22, 2018
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PlinyMeNow from California

3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The beer blew me away at first, but my excitement about it waned by the end of the can, which I had poured into a Duvel tulip glass.
It pours an uber-hazy opaque straw color and looks a bit creamy and a bit oily as it pours. Very thin head that quickly settles; not much lacing.
The aroma is a bouquet of tropical fruit with prominent pineapple, mango, some seeet orange, banana, and some raw sugar. The taste gets a little messy with the bright tropical hops counter balanced by heavy-handed candied banana-brown sugar sweetness. This balance was refreshing at first but the sweetness becomes cloying by halfway through. There are some herbals, a little spice, and thick bready malt. Feel is a bit viscous, creamy, a little oily. Finish is not bitter and has a syrupy linger. It really doesn’t taste like an IPA - more like a malty syrupy APA with nice fresh hops. The result is decidedly mixed.

May 10, 2018
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from ABV.

Hazy orange with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks great. The nose is soft, juicy, fruity with pineapple juice, peach juice, green grape juice and some melon. A touch of grass is present. The palate opens with a mild bitterness and plenty of hop flavor. Peach juice, mango juice, a little of pineapple juice, a little bit of grass and a flavor that vaguely reminds be of oats. The mid-palate is a little watery, with the sweetness of the juice flavor cut by a moderate carbonic acid bite. Drying on the finish, this beer is both, medium in body yet a bit watery.

Apr 22, 2018
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arizcards from Arizona

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

Picked up a four-pack from TW Arrowhead 4-8-18 for $10.99. Canned on 3-17-18; received at TW 3-27-18.

Beer poured the typical hazy orange with a very nice white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is fresh squeezed orange juice, very nice.

Initial sips were like sipping on your morning juice, very fresh. Orange forward with a light touch of pith to let you know this is an IPA.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and very refreshing.

Overall this hits the mark for the style, very enjoyable!

Apr 17, 2018
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mactrail from Washington

3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty much opaque cloudy yellowish brew, but it has an exuberance of white foam in the Tripel Karmeliet tulip. Thickish body but not gunky. Aroma of marmalade with some papaya. Seems to be all fruit and not any of the pine or resin flavors.

Overall this has the orange juice taste and is quite sweet. I think of the sweet peels of kumquats. Plenty hoppy, though, just not overly bitter. Still it's a murky flavor with some kind of chalky persistent sensation that is not my favorite. From the 16 oz can purchased at Barons Market on West Point Loma.

Apr 14, 2018
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a very hazy golden amber, looking like unfiltered orange and pineapple juice, with a two finger white head with great retention and thick lacing. The expected aroma of tropical fruit and light citrus hops, orange citrus, mango, pineapple with hints of light stone fruit. Flavor is tropical and light citrus and piney hops, orange and lemon citrus, apricot, mango, papaya and passion fruit. Finishes with solid mixed tropical and citrus fruit. Medium bodied with light to medium creaminess and nice mouth feel. A classic NE hazy IPA profile with a little more variety to the fruit flavors and a solid finish that has a moderate hop kick to it, which redeems it for me as I'm not fond of the purely juicy in this style. Kept my interest through the taste and entire can, so gets a fine score despite not being my favorite IPA style. These guys know how to deliver an IPA.

Apr 12, 2018
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TheSixthRing from California

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned date 03/09/18

Appearance - Pours hazy and faded orange in color with an off-white, dense half finger width head. Displays sub-par retention before peeling back to a thin, broken layer of suds across the surface.

Smell - Fair aroma with light citrus and tropical character. Orange, apricot, mango and underlying yeasty dough.

Taste - Mellow citrus upfront before big juicy notes of apricot and mango kick in. Hints of pineapple acidity.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with fair carbonation. Slick texture makes this an easy drinker.

Overall - Pretty tasty hazy IPA with solid balance and juiciness. One of Modern Times better beers, IMO.

Apr 12, 2018
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augustgarage from California

4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 3/10, consumed on 4/9 - poured from a tall-boy into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Old gold body, turbid to opacity, topped a finger of papaya whip foam. Thick lather-like lacing; very good retention.

Dank and fruity nose suffused with tangerine, peach, and marijuana, with hints of wild onions and tropical fruit.

Herbaceous, sweet, fruit-infused palate with apricot and candy apple notes in the medium finish. Moderately bitter, faintly warming, and slightly sweet. Juicy with hints of Thai basil and quinine beneath the wave of orange and jolly ranchers.

Creamy, lush, faintly sticky mouth-feel.

Some nice gentle fruit character from the yeast here, although at the cost of attenuation, so the beer is a bit sweet for the style.

Apr 10, 2018
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dertyd from California

4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out a hazy yellow color with 1 finger of white head-------------- the aromas are of orange juice, tangerines and grapefruit(light aroma)--------------- the flavors are of orange juice, orange zest, bubblegum,grapefruit and lesser mango, papaya and passion fruit(really juicy flavors)the beer has a full mouthfeel with a light grapefruit like bitterness on the finish--------------- overall this beer was delicious, a little light on the aroma but more than makes up for it in the flavor department

Apr 05, 2018
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Clear 16.5-oz. Belgian ale tulip
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $12.49 for a 4-pack
Purchased: March 17, 2018
Consumed: March 17, 2018
Reviewed as: New England Style
Misc.: Canned on March 9, 2018

First time seeing this March release in stores and picked up a 4-pack. Online description read, “This 16oz hazy wunderkind will be crafted with a bevy of Citra & Simcoe hops and fermented with London III yeast, yielding a dazzlingly delicious IPA with massive notes of mango, stone fruit, and tropical magic that are going to light up your pleasure receptors like a frickin’ Christmas tree.” Oh yeah. Let’s roll.

Poured a hazy pale color with two fingers of off-white frothy head. Some slow moving bubbles coming up along the sides of the glass. World-class layered foamy lacing. Outstanding retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled bubble gum, Juicy Fruit, strawberry, stone fruit, papaya, Simcoe, rose blossom, Circus Peanut candy, Citra, dish soap, lime zest, lemon grass, mango and apricot. More mango, papaya, guava and Citra from the can. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste followed the nose for the most part. Think I overrated this smell a 0.25 line, but the taste wasn’t going to get that bump. Got bubble gum, Juicy Fruit, papaya, Simcoe, sugary Citra, strawberry, rose blossom, dish soap, lime zest, stone fruit, mango, orange rind, apricot, Circus Peanut candy and dry lemon grass. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Thin-to-oily texture. Lively carbonation. Dry, spicy finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This was a very good beer, but I think I slightly overrated it. (Overall - 3.75)

3.84 | 86 | B+

Apr 04, 2018
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fraxos pours an opaque white washed yellow with a hint of orange and a splash of tan. A frothy and foamy white head proudly rest on top and stubbornly descends as it makes it's presence well known to the glass.

Cotton candy sugar is met with triopical fruits and their raw skins. Mango, papaya, tangerine, and melon are met with just a dash of pine sap as a final touch.

The flavors are well integrated. Again, very tropical fruit dominant, but a sharp, unripened fruit comes in at the end, complete with a lite bitter bite. A touch of pepper and even a hint of buttercream come in to play as it warms.

Juicy, smooth, and a bit plucky perhaps. A decent amount of tingly carbonation helps lift up the mild bitterness.

Overall, another good juicy IPA from MT. Nothing to jump for joy over, but it definitely satisfies, and I could imagine it being quite great with some Luau Pork. Cheers.

Apr 03, 2018
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I received this in @bum4ever's LIF box. Canned on 3/18, 2018 so less than two weeks old when reviewed. Poured into Spiegelau IPA glass. It pours an opaque bright golden-tangerine color with over a finger of fluffy, milk-white head and soapy lacing that lasted through the pour. It has an aromatic tropical nose featuring tangerine, mango, lemon, and another sweet fruit that I couldn't identify. There's not much pine of hops in the smell. The taste is luscious: lots of mango up front followed by lemon and grapefruit that provide a nice tart balance to the sweet fruit. The Citra and Simcoe hops add to the flavor but aren't overly bitter. It finishes nicely dry and clean. This ale is crisp and light with pleasant carbonation, and at 6.5% ABV it's super-drinkable. Overall, this is a terrific tropical IPA with great balance of sweet, tart, and bitter. I'm really impressed. I don't know whether Fraxos ever makes it to the East Coast but if I ever see it I'll buy it in a heartbeat.

Apr 01, 2018
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Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was gonna say... this can is a little bit like Christmas...

Pours a very hazy light gold - it's almost opaque. White head. Lacing sticks to glass during sips.
Aroma is of all sorts of citrus/tropical and stone fruits.
Taste is similar - mango is very apparent.
Feel is soft and light with light-medium carbonation - it suits the flavors very well.
This is a damn good beer. The combination of yeast/hops gives it some very sweet fruitiness, but it's bitter enough to keep the sweetness at bay. This is my rating for the final of the 4 pack - it got better each time.

Apr 01, 2018
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden sunshine color with a fluffy off-white head. The nose is a plethora of tropical fruits, with oranges most prominent, but also dank notes from passion fruit and mango.

The taste is all hops, with sweet oranges in the driver’s seat, but there’s also loads of mango. Another excellent beer from a brewery that has never disappointed.

Mar 29, 2018
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BayAreaJoe from California

4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned 3/17/18, consumed 3/27/18

Poured super hazy, cloudy yellow orange with a decent head that left really terrific lacing.

Aroma is a mix of tropical fruits, mild but nice.

Taste is the same fruity aroma mix but to a much stronger, fuller extent. Some smooth, faint malt notes in the end.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, very soft and smooth, good carbonation, present but very easy bitterness. Very clean, dry finish.

Overall, this is a very impressive NEIPA style beer from Modern Times. One of the best brews I've had from them. They should give it a more catchy name and make it all the time!

Mar 28, 2018
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fmccormi from California

4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from a 16oz can to a tall, narrow pint (Green Cheek nucleated flute). This batch was, according to a black ink packaging date on the underside of the can, canned on March 9, 2018 (“CANNED ON 03/09/2018 1608014”), making this can 15 days old at the time of consumption.

Appearance (4.5): This pours two good fingers of ivory-colored foam right away, capping a glowing, hazy, orange juice-yellow body that glows beautifully. The head dies down slowly, leaving tightly laced, leggy retention with wide, fragile collars clinging to the edges of the glass. It looks elegant and expressive and very much on point for (the hazy subset of) the style.

Smell (4.25): A bright, soft blend of ripe pineapple and champagne mango lead the way, with some musky papaya/terpy weed undertones. Some passionfruit and a a very light blend of rolled oats, pain de campagne, and baking soda biscuits form a nice base for the aroma, but it’s really dominated by that pineapple/mango front. The passionfruit comes forward more as it opens up, but it’s still generally a pineapple/mango show.

Taste (4.5): Ohhh, now this is crushable. The leading edge of the palate is dominated by minneola tangelo, or maybe a clementine/kumquat blend, but it’s quickly followed by a beautiful midsection of yellow grapefruit juice smoothed out by floral and passionfruit flavors, a little gooseberry, and a bright, lemony backside. The malt, meanwhile, props up the hops with a gently starchy, rolled oat and cracked wheat corn vibe. It’s reminiscent of baking soda biscuits, oat bran white bread, and a touch of sourdough. The finish comes through with limeade sweetened by ripe pineapple juice, and it lingers gently but falls off before long without any off flavors. No booze whatsoever.

Mouthfeel (5.0): The body feels a bit shy of medium weight, surprisingly, with a smooth, creamy consistency that’s only boosted by soft, pillowy carbonation that rolls in with a thick, even blanket of suds that almost never prickles—just a nice, even tingle as it settles in. It just foams up softly, carrying the beer away without protest as you drink. The body shows only a hint of starch, almost no astringency, and a soft consistency.

Overall (4.5): Uhh, this beer is fucking outstanding. It’s not as bombastic as some other American (D)IPAs out there—especially in the hazy category, many of which can be too starchy, retain too much hop burn, or emphasize the wrong parts of the hop profile—but it trades a good portion of that bombast for balance and drinkability. Like, it’s bursting with juicy hop character, but without melting your face. Meanwhile, the body and carbonation are put together so perfectly that they not only match the flavor and aroma, but emphasize their best characteristics. This beer is just so crazily good. Do I like American hops? Yes, but for the most part not as much as Pacific/So. Hemisphere varieties. If this were bursting with Motueka and Nelson versus Citra and Simcoe, I might be absolutely smitten. Very highly recommended.

Mar 25, 2018
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 03/09/18. Grabbed at Total Wine.

Pours a nice deep golden yellow. About an inch of frothy white foam and some nice retention around the glass.

Juicy, tropical nose. Pineapple and citrus really comes out, and there just a slight amount of bitterness in the finish. I get a lot of lemon and some grassiness in the aromas as well.

Again, a lot of juice upfront. Not as tropical, but lots of citrus. Everything from grapefruit to tangerine can be picked out, and it has a nice bitter hoppiness to balance out the flavors. Peach and mango are also hinted at in the profile.

Nice medium feel for a hazy, carb is pretty low but sharp. Very smooth, very juicy. Slightly sticky.

Mar 23, 2018
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RaulMondesi from California

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

Like a lush, tropical sunset, this one speaks to me. Golden haze, exotic aroma on the nose for daze... I’m feelin’ it. Like a ghost in the darkness, I am intrigued. Like a gentle whisper at midnight, I want to know more. It is here, it is there, hot damn I am speaking of everywhere. Drink it while you can. Drink it while it’s good... Like a floozie in 4 inch stilettos, this one is not misunderstood.

Mar 19, 2018
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TheBrewsky from California

4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16oz can into 20oz Sauvin glass. Canned on 3/09/18, so right under a week old.

Look: Pours dark yellow, with moderate opacity. Appearance similar to pineapple juice, just slightly darker. Has a juicy look to it. Formed about 1" frothy white head, but glass does help with head formation. Moderate lacing on the glass.

Smell: Citrus first, with orange, tangerine, and grapefruit notes upfront. Pineapple, papaya, mango, strawberry, and lemon hints are also present. Has subtle hints of lemon grass on the notes. Stonefruit aroma also present, with notes of peach, apricot and some plum. There also is a slight floral/earthy smell as well, but very faint. Really nice smell.

Taste: Follows the nose, but more pronounced. Orange, grapefruit, pineapple, mango and lemongrass really present on the taste. Aftertaste is where I get peach, apricot and mango. Pretty damn tasty beer, with a good "juicy" complexity. Not much going on hop wise, and no astringent taste or flavors. Light yeasty presence in the taste as well.

Feel: Most disappointing aspect of this beer, but by no means is terrible. Feel is light in body, with low carbonation and milk yeast composition. Spreads a bit thin across the palate, but isn't a deal breaker. Really smooth with slight creamy feel, but thin.

Overall: I was very surprised by this beer. I didn't know what to expect, nor had I heard of it. It is what I would hope a NEIPA encompasses, complete with a really fruit-forward flavor profile. Well done Modern Times! I would buy again and fully recommend. Cheers!

Mar 16, 2018
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