Fraxos | Modern Times Beer

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Modern Times Beer
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by superspak on 01-01-2018

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Photo of cmbeddoe7997
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of mattycasey
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheBrewsky
4.56/5  rDev +7%
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!

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Photo of pkalix
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CraigFarrell
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really liked this one wish it was available more often.

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Antg8989
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

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Photo of maltznhopz
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hop_God
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bum4ever
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RBuckley73
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ovaltine
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of festizio
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SDRedDevil
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 562Brew
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MickeyHops
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of johnnyboy76
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JuiceMan818
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spark3148857
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of searsclone
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WickedBeer
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Fraxos from Modern Times Beer
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 60 ratings