Blazing World | Modern Times Beer

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Modern Times Beer
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer is the stickiest of the icky. It's a luxuriously hoppy amber 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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Reviews: 232 | Ratings: 1,339
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

awesome hop profile to this delicious pint of beer, basically an amber ipa, perfectly clear, lively, and amazingly fresh from the tap, my favorite beer ive had all week! the level of refinement here is amazing, and its just bursting with nelson hop goodness. some others in play too, but i get big white grape, lemongrass, and grapefruit notes in both the nose and the taste, and there is a pretty good bitter pop to it as well, but thats where the amber malt comes in, a richer base and more balance against the intense hops than a lot of these have, but its not neutralizing, its enhancing, one of the better ipa types in this style i have had in my life really. the freshness is key, and this somehow feels very light bodied for its color too, its never heavy or dense or sugary at all, and as such is a pretty easy drinking pint. i love the combination of the hops, which all seem to be in service of and subservient to the nelson, which is the most obvious to me, but mosaic is also awesome in this, and real identifiable too. a pretty wonderful beer here, definitely more of an ipa than a red in the traditional sense. people only seem to give really high scores to wild ales and barrel aged stouts these days, but this one is a total winner. of the finest quality!

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Photo of jpbrooklyn
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I feel privileged my local beer shop (Union county NJ) has been stocking some Modern Times. (I think I’ve only been mildly disappointed in one.) Whatever mojo they use in their brews totally hits me in the bull’s eye, and Blazing World is no exception. This amber ale is more dank than biscuit-y, more hoppy than malty. Color is a dark blood orange reddish and the nose definitely hints at the Nelson and Simcoe within. It’s interesting that the 6.8 is totally well hidden, and yet halfway through my first can I have a lovely little alcy-high happening. Hotdamn Modern Times I love youuuuuu....

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A favorite from modern times white cans. It has some pine and dankness that I go to, not hugely on the amber side of the aisle as I recall, but I shoe-in when I see it on tap somewhere.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Given all of my success during New CANned Modern Twin Peak Evil Times Beer Sunday (Week 744), I have now switched to What Beer Are You Drinking Now (WBAYDN) #2,410! I have relocated to CAN Diego, CA! The CANQuest (tm) is getting a good workout.

From the CAN: "Hoppy * Dank Amber"; "One Pint for You"; "This Beer Is Vegan"; "11 SRM/Amber 85 IBU 1.008 Final Gravity "; "NELSON • SIMCOE • MOSAIC [-] Hops TWO ROW • MUNICH • MIDNIGHT WHEAT [-] Malts"; "This beer is the stickiest of the icky. It's a blastwave of dankness. It's a luxuriously hoppy amber loaded up with intemperate quantities of Nelson Sauvin, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops, which are some of the fruitiest, most pungent 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."; "Respect yourself & our beer by always drinking within your limits."

I am well within my limits as I CANduct this review, beginning with a Crack! of the vent. I am getting a wee bit tired so I went with a slow, gentle C-Line Glug so as to avoid spills & the like. I was rewarded with the formation of nearly two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with great retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Deep-Amber/Light-Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17). Nose was very tropical, suggesting an emphasis on Mosaic hops, although I could also smell naughty Simcoe the kitty doing her business in the background. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, remarkable since it was big for the style. The taste was pleasantly bitter with Simcoe really coming through over top of the mélange of tropical fruit flavors imparted by the Mosaic Hops. Finish was semi-dry & I did catch a light vinousness at the end, but Nelson Sauvin hops should NOT have been given top billing. It was a pleasant enough beer & certainly a Modern take on a style that used to be a microbrewery staple 20-plus years ago. Back then, the emphasis was on malt where now hops are the star(s).

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reminds me a lot of Oskar Blues g'Knight but every aspect is turned back from eleven. Malty, a bit sweet, definitely a dark fruit presence but has a strong IPA hit to it. I guess this might be a beer you have on a cold summer day. Really hard to pin down but very tasty none the less. If you can find a single pint can or, I'm hoping to find it on tap somewhere in Seattle to try in 3D.

My first Modern Times beer and I'm not disappointed in the slightest.

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Photo of Beer_Right_Back
3/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Some of us enjoyed this beer way more than others, and it takes a unique approach to an American amber. It focuses very strong on a hoppy IPA flavor that covers over a good malt note, which means you'll probably either love it or hate it.

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Photo of argock
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delicious strong hoppy amber ale. Canned on 03/12/19.

Lightish amber with thick frothy 1-2 finger eggshell head with exceptional retention and lacing.

Aroma is mostly piney, citrus and mild tropical fruity with light and medium caramel malt character.

Flavor is similar with lighter than expected caramel malt character followed up by pine, grapefruit, orange, and guava in the hop Dept. All is about mid-intensity. Bitterness is medium.

Feel is very light and dry. Lowish carbonation drinks very easily.

Very good hoppy amber ale. Could use more intensity in both malt and hop sides for both aroma and flavor.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz, canned on 12/03/2018. A tall and very frothy ivory head slowly fades atop an amber colored ale. Aroma is fruity, caramely, bready, and earthy. Balanced flavors: juicy fruit, bready crust, citrus, earthy pine, mango. Full body, moderate carbonation & bitterness, very dry finish. Really good beer here. Glad to try it while on vacation in California!

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12/23/18 (Las Vegas, NV): $3.78 16 oz.single can w/ tax canned 6/6/18 purchased at Total Wine & More in Summerlin, poured into a large snifter. Brown golden pour, heavy carbonation, light head and lacing. Very fruity hops aroma, lemon the predominant flavor, malty and bread aromas as well. Very dank fruity sweet taste, tastes like a nice ice tea with lemon, unique flavor. Light thin texture, carbonation lightens up quickly, Overall very good IPA.

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Photo of drkiwibird
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Freshest tasting amber I've ever had, tried to have alot of ambers and most are either nice easy drinking beers with light hops, this has a good hop character to it.

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Photo of AleManDan
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is my kind of amber...hoppy and toasted. The wheat backbone makes it light on its feet but it also comes with great hoppy flavors and a medium-dry body and finish that make it very unique. IPA +amber = this ale.

Look- nice Carmel amber hue, with a decent yet quickly fading head and sticky lacing.

Smell- funky sweet breads, stone fruits: light orange and grapefruit, roasted malt.

Taste- a sweet roasted malt taste with dark funky citrus, dark cherries and raisin fruit hoppiness. A light grassy “dank” flavor with the light-to-medium wheat backing.

Feel- medium-to-light body with some sticky hoppiness. Once again the wheat backbone makes an interesting background providing a toasty, bready sweetness to contend with the relatively strong hops.

Overall this is a unique hoppy beer! It’s a fun winter IPA really. I can picture sitting around a fire sippin on this or preparing to go on a hay ride. I’ll buy again and again when I’m in the mood.

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Photo of Lucular
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As far as hoppy amber ales go this is a good one - well balanced, some caramel malt but also new school hop aroma and flavor. Lots of citrus, some tropical and a touch of pine.

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Photo of mynie
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Four packs are now on sale in Maryland. It's pricey, sure. But whatever. What the hell am I gonna spend my money on?

Blazing World has a bit of a tepid pour. It's a dull, filtered amber with little life after the pour. Certainly not hideous, but probably meant to be drank directly from the can.

Smells of fruity, contemporary hops. Contrary to the beer's official description, however, it is NOT the stickiest of the icky. It's actually probably a bit on the tame side for the style. Again, it's fine, but not up to the usual standards of Modern Times, and not worth 4 bucks a can.

Tastes... okay, again. Contemporary, fruit forward hops. Dry throughout with a clean finish. Plums and mangoes up front, citrus in the back. It's fine. Totally fine.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a becher pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking semi-dark amber color with a nice finger's worth of white foamy head softly dissolving to leave some fine speckled lace.
The aroma had a nice grassy and leafy tobacco sweet meshing up front then playing with a piney and citrusy backbone.
The flavor took the prior mentioned aromas and brought them into a semi-refined sweet to bitter refinement. Mild aftertaste of tobacco, citrus, pine and bready malt.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability. Good carbonation and ABV. Mild citrusy, tobacco, piney finish with a touch of clean bready malt.
Overall, yeah, I could see myself coming back to this.

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Photo of jwc215
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint-sized can:

Pours amber with a thin white head. Beautiful color. The head becomes a thin wisp leaving some trailing lace.

The smell is of dank leaves - tobacco. Citrus comes through strongly.

The taste is of smoky/dank tobacco. Citrus - lemon and grapefruit. Steely caramelized biscuit gives a sweet kiss. Dry, long finish.

The body is robust and just about hits full-bodied. Some lingering alcohol shows.

A rich, dank, hop-forward amber. Could be confused for an amber-tinted IPA. Very nice!

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Photo of Parmesan
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a slightly hazy and muted golden orange with a medium white head and several nice fingers of lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet tropical fruit including some orange and mango with notes of pine and pine sap underneath.

T: Sweet tropical fruit, with orange, mango, lemon, banana, that are followed by some pine, not a very strong bitterness.

F: Medium body and creamy smooth carbonation.

O: This is a nice beer, however, I like my red IPAs to be a little bit more piney and sappy.

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Photo of Fitzy01
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This could possibly be the best amber I have ever had!

Look- nice Carmel amber hue, with a decent head and sticky lacing.

Smell- sweet breads, grapefruit, roasted malt.

Taste- a sweet roasted malt taste with grapefruit hoppiness. Very dank taste.

Feel- medium body with some sticky hoppiness

Overall this is an outstanding beer! Would buy it again. I can picture sitting around a fire sippin on this.

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Photo of spelingchampeon
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz Tulip.
L: Pours light brown.. little lacing or head.
S: Toasted pine, malty and lightly danked.
T: Bready, earthy and dank flavored.
F: Thin, pretty dry.. without a bitter bite. Low carbonation.
O: This is my 2nd beer, and quite honestly, I did not like it cold. As it warmed, so did my enthusiasm. I think the best part of this beer was the MF. It was almost rye feeling, but very tasty.

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Photo of twosheds
3.16/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Yellow amber with white head.

Smell is mostly piney hops with some citrus.

It initially seems like a well balanced amber ale with a smooth malt character, but as I continue to drink the hops continue to build up and seem more intense. The aftertaste is fairly citrusy.

This isn't bad, but I probably wouldn't get it again. A little too hoppy of an amber for me.

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Photo of michiganmatt
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: pours amber-brown with a minimal layer of very light tan head. Slightly clear.
S: strong and pungent resinous and dank hops. Perhaps hints of citrus find their way through the hoppiness
T: Dank and resinous hops balanced incredibly well with a strong malty backbone. I'm not generally a fan of really dank IPAs, but the malt backbone on this beer really balances things out. It has the dank hop flavor, but with much less of the bitterness.
F: Medium-full body. Slightly crisp. Very dry for a beer.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance – One finger head on a clear amber body.

Aroma – Very strong citrus, mostly grapefruit and oranges.

Taste – Strongly bitter at first, then resinous and pine flavors came in with a slightly sweet finish.

Mouthfeel – A bit astringent but balanced the hop potency well.

Overall – Pretty good, more bitter than expected but well layered and complex.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer at the Beer Hunter in La Quinta, CA. It poured a clear Amber with white head that did not leave any lace. The scent had touches of floral hop. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with good hop presence. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid easy drinking sessionable beer.

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Photo of YungAnejo
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can pour into American pint glass, half inch worth of white cream color head turns into about a centimeter, lighter lacing, Dark murky gold/brown body, not really reddish though like other ambers

Aroma is light weedy pine, maybe hint of grapefruit but not much going on there

Taste is slightly bitter at first but intensifies shortly after, followed by a dank bready malt, light citrus with what seems to be a little spice, I like it

Low but prickly carbonation, Mouthfeel is juicy at first but quickly dries out, very long finish

Overall this is the second brew I’ve had from this company and I’m impressed, especially being one of the cheaper selections they still come through with the flavor, would definitely seek out more offerings from them

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Photo of russpowell
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent amber with 3+ fingers of rocky eggshell colored head. Sheets of lacing & great head retention

S: Orange peel, pine

T: Follows the nose, a little dry breadyness, & lovely toastyness up front. Toastyness & pine as this warms more dryness too.

MF: Medium body, fairly firm carbonation, pretty nice balance

Easy to drink. My first Modern Times beer, a very nice amber ale

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned 12/05/17, consumed 1/13/18
Update: canned 12/16/17, consumed 1/20/18

Pours slightly misty amber with a thick off-white head.

Aroma is very bright tropical and citrus fruits, similar to the juicy IPAs out there. Very inviting.

Taste is a very nice balance of piney and earthy hops, smooth malt, and sweet fruit juiciness. Just outstanding.

Feel is creamy and smooth. Bitterness is just solid enough. Clean dry finish.

Overall drinks like a smooth, full-flavored IPA. One of the tastiest ambers I've tried. Another Modern Times gem.

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