Fraxos | Modern Times Beer

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
60
pDev:
5.16%
 
 
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Photo of augustgarage
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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

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 SoCal_Matt
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bubbawilly88
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 dertyd
4.26/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
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+

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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 Lingenbrau
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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

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 InfernoBoss
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 grapeshops
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 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 SDRedDevil
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | 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 spark3148857
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DFTKRFT91
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

sweet n juicy

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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Fraxos from Modern Times Beer
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