Blazing World
Modern Times Beer

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IPA - American
Ranked #198
Ranked #3,415
4.12 | pDev: 8.74%
Modern Times Beer
California, United States
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Notes: This beer is the stickiest of the icky. It's a luxuriously hoppy IPA loaded up with intemperate quantities of Nelson, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops, which are some of the fruitiest, dankest hops sweet, sweet money can buy. Despite its amber hue, Blazing World is pleasingly dry, sporting a lightly bready malt backbone that serves as platform for the huge & complex hop profile.
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Sigmund from Norway

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Shared 1 US pint can at local tasting. Deep golden colour, white head. Aroma of pine / resin and sprucetips. Dry flavour, notes of resin and pine needles.

May 11, 2021
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quaffinganale from Maryland

3/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When i come across a beer that really is well made but i absolutely do not care for, i score all 3 s. I think the tangy flavor that is all the rage with my friends somehow comes across as a bad tangerine to me. Much like cilantro that people find tastes like dishsoap. Its ME not the beer’s fault. Peace out.

Feb 24, 2021
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gvickery from Texas

4.61/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Medium tannish head. The can says the srm is 11 but it doesn’t look that dark to me. I’d say more like a 7. Slightly cloudy. Slightly orange dark gold.
Smell: It doesn’t disappoint. Herbal, citrus, pine resin, grassy, maybe a little white bread.
Taste: Old school IPA. It doesn’t taste like 60 IBU’s, I guess the malts are sweet enough to soften the blow. (Not that 60 IBU is a big deal). There’s a lot of citrus and pine up front with not much sweetness. Definitely not cloying. Surprisingly dry finish. It’s not a dry as in, crisp, but not super heavy.
Overall: I really enjoyed it, I like the old school IPA style without the heavy sweeter malt backbone that is too sweet in my opinion. Good job Modern Times.

Nov 24, 2020
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Ahypercube from California

4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellently balanced IPA and my favorite one from Modern Times.

Pours with a hazy golden orange body and plenty of suds that leave sticky lacing.

Aromas of pomelo, passion fruit, pineapple, mango, mandarin, cantaloupe, basil and dank resin, backed up by a sweet caramel malt base.

The taste is not as bitter as you would expect from the aroma, but rather an expert balance of sweet, tart, bitter and dry. Notes of cantaloupe, mandarin, pineapple and passion fruit here as well as some spicy basil notes and a lemon rind and biscuit finish.

The texture is smooth and medium-bodied with a crisp finish.

Gotta love those Nelson Sauvin hops. Cheers!

Nov 14, 2020
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great tasting Amber IPA a bit sweet mostly dank and very reminiscent to me of nugget nectar from troeg. If I ever found it for $2 a pounder again I would get it for sure

Oct 24, 2020
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donspublic from Texas

4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can into tulip, good 2+ finger cream colored head, good retention, great lacing. Somewhat clear golden in the glass. Big citrus on the nose, slight pine and an underlying dankness of good things to come. Taste is sweet malt in the front, slight caramel sweetness, citrus, gooseberry some pine and in the middle there is some earthy floral notes. Finish is on the dry side, firm bitterness on the end. Good beer, keep going back to this one, easy drinker and the flavor holds throughout the session. Really digging modern times now that they have landed in Texas

Oct 20, 2020
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Aarroonn17 from Texas

4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09/04/20 Born on date. Traditional red ale look, but this isn’t a red IPA. Smell brings fruity, citrus, and the slight earthy notes. Taste is a very biscuity malt, not much bitter piney floral that you’d think by looks but rather fruity and slight citrus maybe even green apple sweet juice. Body was almost just right on this one for me, feels like a light meal. Overall an excellent beer, the dank wasn’t funky at all and mixed masterfully into the sweetness and would’ve preferred slightly less carbonation but that’s about it.

Oct 10, 2020
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

can dated 9/4/20 (today is 9/29)

mostly clear but a little hazy deep yellow-near-amber gold body with a billowing frothy cream foamed head that has moderate retention and leaves patches of sticky bubble lacing as it settles to an uneven ring around the cap

the aroma is straight up fairly pungent citrus hop with a nice side of biscuit-breaded malt

taste is the lush-citrus focus of grapefruit and orange with a soft and thick breaded malt backbone. earthed strain of hop flavor kicks in just in time to bring it on home to a very well rounded yet complex hop experience with a solid slice of malt.

moderate carbonation, medium-light body. earthy bitter bite of dryness for a finish

another "dank" claim, another slight "dank" miss. the dank-O-meter rates about half-mast here. it has a dankness to it, but it's not DANK. ya know? otherwise a solid entry from MT. has a pleasant malt profile that compliments the cranked hops nicely with a subtle sweetness and a firming up on the overall feel and flavor of the brew.

Sep 29, 2020
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a single 16 oz. can Foodland $3.79
43 days after date on can. Hope that's can date.
Smell of citrus
Hazy golden-amber color
Medium-heavy mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Taste of citrus, oranges, tangerine, lemon, some bitterness
Overall a good beer.

Aug 19, 2020
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy, golden amber coloration with a small, frothy head. Smells of biscuity, slightly bready malt and citrus and berry hops, with notes of grapefruit, gooseberry, white grape and just a hint of blueberry, pineapple and dank accents. Taste is an excellent balance of biscuity, bready malt and lightly resinous and somewhat tangy and zesty citrus, berry and lighter tropical hops, with notes of grapefruit, lime peel, gooseberry, white grape and just a hint of pineapple, blueberry, pine resin and a soft, lingering dankness. Finishes rather dry, with a medium bitterness and some white grape, grapefruit and pine lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

While this may be just a little lacking in the nose, it unfolds quite a complex array of citrus, berry and tropical notes on the tongue, with the white grape, gooseberry and grapefruit dominating and lighter lime peel, pineapple and blueberry notes, with some lightly dank and stronger resinous accents also coming through. Its rather dry and bitter character goes well with the white grape and gooseberry, lending a certain Sauvignon Blanc presence to this. While the Nelson Sauvin and Simcoe are clearly dominating here, this still shows off all of its hop varieties rather impressively, with the Mosaic perhaps feeling just a little muted, but still managing a great balance and complexity overall, while also showcasing some nice biscuity, bready malts.

Jul 10, 2020
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Gatch from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 05/27/20. What a purty beer. Maybe this could be a Red IPA from back in the day; it’s all there but keeps things interesting by allowing the malt to be a part of the show along with the tasty hop profile. Perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness, and I feel like I haven’t said that in a while. It’s described as “Hoppy•Dank•Amber” and that really sums it up. A delicious beer.

Jun 30, 2020
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SearsGiftCard from California

4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this one on clearance, so I wasn't expecting a whole lot. Thankfully, low expectations produce wonderful surprises. When poured, it has a deep gold look to it with a very subtle amber hue in a mild lighting. Now, I am an Average Joe, not a professional reviewer, so I couldn't describe the smell, feel, or flavor even if I wanted to, so I'll describe them in my own terms to paint a picture of my experience: the smell is quite fruity and oddly relaxing, giving the feeling of lying under an umbrella at the beach with an exotic tropical smoothie at your side. The feel in my mouth is a smooth carbonation that's like revving a V8 on a Mustang to near-redline (A.K.A., satisfying, but with more words). But to be honest, those thing don't mean anything to me, as I personally prioritize flavor. The flavor has this very refreshing fruitiness to it with a very satisfying bitter bite at the end. The bitterness is not overwhelming like some others that I've had that have made me flinch, and the fruitiness is complex and satisfying like completing your first science project in grade school and getting an "A" for it (Hopefully, I'm not the only one who relates to that). Defiantly a good choice for anyone who likes IPA's.

Jun 02, 2020
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mschrei from Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned 4/14. Not bad clarity, pure gold. Frothy and foamy. Smell is hoppy, dank and slightly bitter. Taste is amazing-dank, slight bitterness. Feel is medium bodied, mouth watering, full, robust. A perfect West Coast IPA. Glad they brought this over to the Midwest, even if it’s only a one time thing.

May 24, 2020
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Brugesman from California

4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tall boy, canned on 1/13/20. Drank on 5/19/20.

A: Golden hues. Luscious rocky head upon the first pour, although the foam is not very persistent.

S:Redolent of American hop aromas. Pine needles. Damp soil. Hints of passion fruit. Also toasty malt aromas. 

T:Complex dank hop flavor. Pleasantly assertive hop bitterness, yet not as pronounced as many West Coast IPAs. The brewer has achieved a  beautiful balance between the hop and malt flavors. I get a rich bread crust, almost toasty, flavor from the malts, presumably from the Munich malt. This beer is nuanced, not a typical West Coast hop bomb.

M: Thick and creamy on the tongue. Not very carbonated.

O: Despite being canned four months ago, this example has not suffered any aging effects that I can detect. A wonderful blend of malt and hop flavors makes this a delicious American IPA that I would certainly buy again.

May 20, 2020
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not sure why people call this amber colored. Pours a slightly hazy golden, green undertones. Good carbonation. Thin, white head.
Not a big smell, malt and peppery hop.
Love the taste of the hop mixture. Hops allowed to come through over the malt. Good dankness, Grapefruit. Onion, garlic and pepper.
Good, oily mouthfeel.

May 12, 2020
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4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Golden amber in color, slightly clear, a glorious 1.5 inch head that spoke freshness. And it was fresh: Canned on 3/19/20, enjoyed on 5/3/20, delivered by the DTLA sales director directly to my home. This beer changed my outlook on life. It smelled of fresh hops, with slight bitter notes. Taste is smooth, not your over-hopped West Coast, more balance, pleasing taste, and an easy swallow. It's 6.8% ABV is my sweet spot. Thank you Modern Times for the delivery.

May 04, 2020
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stevoj from Idaho

3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pounder can from HomeBrewStuff. Murky amber with lasting fluffy head. Earthy, dusty aroma. Taste is dry malts, lightly toasted. Very subtle. Very well crafted, lots of little pieces add up to a big whole. Hard to describe, but worth a visit

Feb 08, 2020
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Redrover from Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into my Bass Imperial Pint glass. The beer is a hazy amber with a sticky off-white head & lacing.

Like advertised, it has a dank aroma of citrus and floral notes.

The taste tracks the smell Initial brace of modulated bitterness that has grapefruit and maybe a hint of apricot and lemon. Lots of caramel malts that add a touch of sweetness. Beer is balanced and pretty darn poundable for a 6.8% beer.

The mouth is slightly thick and it is coating.

I like this beer. I also like that the label contains some solid information on the hops and stats.

Feb 01, 2020
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mushroomcloud from Texas

4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz canned 11-7-19. Opened 1-18-20. Now labeled as an IPA (Dank Nelson IPA on the label).
1" slightly off-white head on a golden-amber, clean, and mostly clear IPA. Good retention on the dense, creamy head with the beginnings of fresh lacing apparent early.
White grape, pine, kiwi...unique hop profile over a light caramel/bready malt base. Ripe melon aroma appears midway into the pint.
Tangy Nelson hops are the show here. Grape (mild Sauvignon Banc character) and berries. Zingy, zesty flavors.
Medium in body and carbonation. Balanced finish with a touch of malt sweetness and then lingering mild bitterness that dries out the beer in the end.
Very good, unique hop profile and high drinkability.

Jan 19, 2020
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bret27 from California

3.72/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Marketed as an IPA.
Amber coloring. Nice lacing. Clear. Crisp.
Variety of floral and sweet smells.
Very drinkable. Balanced. On the sweet side.
Not super memorable.

Nov 23, 2019
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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can poured into a pint glass.

Good looking clear red with a white head leaving nice spotty lacing on the glass.

Caramel, herbal and citrus hops on the nose.

Taste follows but is quite weak. I assumed this would be a bit more flavorful.

Mouthfeel is spot on for the style.

I was hoping for more. I love a good red and this falls just a bit short. Still good, but not great.

Sep 29, 2019
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flagmantho from Washington

3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap in a pint glass at Collins Pub in Seattle.

Appearance: medium orange with just a little touch of haze and a thin finger of compact ivory foam. Handsome.

Smell: lightly sweet with citrusy and floral hop notes. Subtle, but pleasant enough.

Taste: big grapefruit character with some tropically fruity undertones. Resinous and piney. A little bit on the sweet side, but with a nice bitter bite. I'd call it old school in today's hazy climate; and it's a good thing.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and decent creaminess for the style.

Overall: other than a little more sweetness than I'd like, it's really good.

Sep 18, 2019
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice off-white and foamy head that dissipates at a moderate pace but still leaves quite a bit around the inside edges of the glass. The beer itself is a good looking clear orange amber beer that looks nice.

The smell is pretty good. It has a moderate, yet dominant medium roasted and caramel malt note upfront that contrasts well with a noticeable simcoe adding an earthy pine note to it.

The taste is a bit more hoppy than the smell. The simcoe and nelson come out more while the mosiac seems to be a bit muted. The lightly roasted malt notes come out more in the finish than anything else.

The feel is good. It's a medium bodied beer with some light stickiness to it and it shows in the dry finish.

Overall, this a pretty good amber ale worth trying and while it is hoppy, it isn't trying.

Sep 17, 2019
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omahawk from Nebraska

3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a very average, old school American pale ale. Bitter Simcoe dank hop flavor, with malty caramel malt. Not a whole lot else going on. It's fine. The old school bitter ale overpowers the Mosaic and Nelson hops they claim to use. This is fine, but feels stuck in 2005.

Sep 08, 2019
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

DATE: August 30, 2019... OCCASION: the first week of the 2019-20 school year is in the books, and it feels good to be in the new home for it... GLASSWARE: Victory Hop Devil nonick... this pours a honey orange-amber tint that bubbles lively throughout... its single-finger white head clumps staunchly, fringing evenly below the glass... lemon, pine, blueberry, raspberry, and dank basement, mix with toasted malts to create a punchy, sweet aroma... almost understated in its experience... its texture is smooth as a lager, yet medium-bodied and chewy at the teeth... its finish is dry as advertised, with a lingering woodiness that warms at the tongue... the berry, citrus, and dank resin blanket the tongue, its sweetness and tartness balanced in a drinking equilibrium that makes the high IBUs and nearly 7% a pleasure to experience... this is worth the rather high price tag, rewarding in its drinkability and weight.... my first Modern Times, courtesy of a mix box, takes the red ale and expands it into a hopped-up genre-bender...

Aug 31, 2019
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