Modern Times Beer

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IPA - New England
Ranked #2,002
Ranked #17,171
3.97 | pDev: 5.79%
Modern Times Beer
California, United States
Very Good
Notes: This spectacle of haze-craft will feature a four-way power punch of Citra, El Dorado, Nelson, and Amarillo hops, resulting in a glorious detonation of tropical fruit and peach character that will approximate a liquid summer vacation.
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arizcards from Arizona

4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up from the Craft Beer Hop Stop cooler as part of an Allen promo (4 good IPA's for $10) 5-18-20. Canned 4-30-20, consumed 7-13-20.

Beer poured a hazy golden orange with a decent soap bubble head.

Nose is a nice subtle stone fruit and tropical aroma.

Taste is a nice use of hops over a lighter pale malt base. Peach and mango combine nicely with the base. Finishes with a subtle pit and pulp bitterness; 5/10 on my scale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and refreshing.

Overall another solid hazy variant from MT!

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elNopalero from California

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another hazy!
The aroma makes you work to find it, a lingering pineapple and tangerine note hanging back. It’s smooth and creamy, almost, with a orangesicle note on the sip complementing the pineapple ice cream note.

Jun 27, 2020
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$ 7.49 (Including shipping)/16 oz can ($ 0.468/oz). Received 5/30/20 from Craftshack, San Diego, CA. Reviewed 6/12/20.
Marked on bottom of can “CANNED ON 04/30/2020”. Stored at home upside down at 42 degrees and served at 45 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.5.
First pour – Pale Straw (SRM 2), hazy.
Body – Straw (SRM 3), hazy and translucent. When held to direct light, same.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.5 cm, aggressive center pour), chalky white, high density, average retention, diminishing to an irregular eight to eighteen mm crown and a complete rocky cap. Some pieces of lacing remain on the glass as the head retracts.
Lacing – Interesting. Grotesque band of tiny to medium bubbles in a cartoonish torn curtain effect with many stalactites. See also above.
Aroma – 4 – Begins faintly tropical with a bit of melon, no malt, no yeast.
Flavor – 4 – Begins mildly bitter with suggestions of tropical fruits and melons, flavors vague and blended (or blanded). No alcohol (6.5% ABV, as marked on the label) taste or aroma. No malt, no yeast. No diacetyl or dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, a bit heavier than watery, lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation – 4. Nice example of lack of distinct flavors producing an above average beer. As it warms up – final temperature 54 degrees – it becomes fizzier and the flavors begin to pop – I can taste the peach.

Jun 12, 2020
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mschrei from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 4/3. Pours a very hazy medium orange, minimal head and lacing. Smell and taste are juicy, citrusy, tropical. Orange, pineapple, mango. Crisp, easy drinking, light bodied, mildly mouthwatering. Pretty good, not a true New England IPA though.

May 28, 2020
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smackdanie from Illinois

3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque gold, decent head that vanished pretty quick. Nice lacing. Not much nose. The taste is sharp hops on the tongue, fading to a fruitiness with tons of pineapple on the finish. Not bad, but I expected more from this brewery, Orderville is a much better beer.

May 24, 2020
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stevoj from Idaho

3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz can from Brewers Haven. Hazy orange/golden pour, small fizzy head. Citrusy aroma, light hoppy notes. Taste brings more juicy citrus, hints of tropical, sweet. Finishes with a touch of citrus peel.

May 24, 2020
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 16-oz. can
Reviewed as: New England Style
Glass: Firestone 16-oz. Spiegelau IPA glass
Price: $11.99 for a 4-pack
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa, Calif.
Purchased: April 24, 2020
Consumed: April 24, 2020
Misc.: Canned on March 25, 2020

Had Rachel pick this for me on a recent Coronvirus trip to Trader Joe’s. Had been looking to trying it. Website description called it, “This spectacle of haze-craft will feature a four-way power punch of Citra, El Dorado, Nelson, and Amarillo hops, resulting in a glorious detonation of tropical fruit and peach character that will approximate a liquid summer vacation.” Damn, that’s a great hop combo.

Poured a medium yellow-to-gold semi-hazy color with five fingers of rocky white head. Could see some bubble streams coming up along the sides of the glass at different speeds. Excellent uneven spiderweb lacing. Almost perfect retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Nelson and Amarillo stood out on the nose. Also white wine, trash, tangerine orange, melon, El Dorado, peach, papaya, passion fruit, pineapple and mango. Finally got that Citra from the can. Also orange zest, passion fruit and pineapple from the can. (Smell - 4.25)

Taste followed the nose, but not quite as good. In order got El Dorado, Amarillo, tangerine, orange, candied melon, peppery spice, peach, papaya, passion fruit, pineapple, Nelson, viney berry and Citra late. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, juicy finish. (Feel - 4.00)

Really liked this one. Another killer from Modern Times. Outstanding, but probably slightly underrated this. (Overall - 4.00)

4.09 | 91 | A-

May 20, 2020
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Scotchboy from Idaho

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz canned 4/2 poured into a snifter.

A: Medium hazed bright straw/gold. Still see light in the corners of the glass.

S: Tropical and stone fruit, leaning rindy; apricot, papaya, melon, tangerine. There is a clean tone of pine as well. Minimal grainy malt undertone.

T: More of the same, fruit medley leaning stone fruit but with plenty of rindy tropical notes too, as well as a smack of tart citrus that makes one think lemon or lime (might be the Nelson here). Same notes of pine carry over onto the palate.

MF: Light fluffy body, drinkable with a drying finish.

O: A drinkable and juicy hazy with lower bitterness. Fairly standard fare overall.

May 16, 2020
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TinFang from California

4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 3/26/20. Poured into a tulip on 4/20/20.

Smell of pineapple, faint floral note.
Solid impenetrable haze about the color of pineapple juice. Irregular white head that dissipates, some lacing.
Taste of tropical fruits and non-aggressive hops. This ale has a veritable smorgasbord of fruit flavors. If there was ever a fruit-forward ale, this is it. Slightly piney. After i worked on this a while it started to taste fairly sophisticated and there were some distinct hops flavors depending on where on the lounge the ale lay.
I would buy this ale again.

May 10, 2020
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RyanK252 from California

3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | 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 light layer and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Tropical and orchard fruit, a little citrus, a hint of diesel, biscuity malt, and caramel sweetness.

T: Pretty much get the full fruit salad, pear, watermelon, gooseberry, passion fruit, white grape, apricot, orange, peach, and lemon, some southern hemisphere diesel, biscuity malt, and caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Overall good beer with a unique flavor combo. That said, I'm not all that wild about El Dorado hops and they seem to dominate here.

May 07, 2020
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beertunes from Mayotte

3.17/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

16oz can (dated 04/02/20200 poured into 14oz teku. poured a solidly murky yellow color with an inch-and-a-half of white head that had great retention and good lacing.

The aroma was the expected frooty hops, with no grain base.

Similar on the tongue, mostly da froot, with just a hint of bitterness at the back.

The body was the usual medium-light of the style.

Drinkability was fine, if less than thrilling.

Overall, a solidly average version of the style.

Apr 28, 2020
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass canned 2/20/20. Just arrived at my local store Friday. Need to move this stuff faster. Pours a hazy orange with a 2 finger sticky white head that yields excellent retention and leaves thick rings of lace. 4.25

Smell is tangerine, pineapple, papaya, melon, mango, and apricot. 4

Taste follows melon, mango, papaya, tangerine, pineapple, and apricot nicely balanced. 4

Mouthfeel is about medium, slightly sticky not dry, and at 6.5% easy drinking but a good amount of flavor. 4.25

Over a very nice brew from these guys, but still want one dazzle from them. 4

Apr 19, 2020
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pants678 from California

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darker than I expect, opaque still.


El Dorado hits me more than the others. Citra's prominent but I'm not picking up Nelson at all. I don't know Amarillo well enough to say. Peach and orange, I want some more pop but there's nothing off about it.

Medium body. I want denser but it's not a double.

Apr 15, 2020
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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 29 ratings