Blazing World
Modern Times Beer

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #208
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,162
Avg:
4.11 | pDev: 8.76%
Reviews:
249
Ratings:
1,369
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SCORE
92
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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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Gatch from Rhode Island

4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Tuesday at 04:59 AM
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SearsGiftCard from California

4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
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 +10.2%
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 -1.2%
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 +4.1%
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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spfeifer22

4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
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 -5.8%
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 -0.2%
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 +1.9%
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 -9.5%
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 -7.8%
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 -4.1%
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 -2.7%
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 -10.7%
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 +0.5%
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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monkist from Hungary

4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here we are, funny that the can says that this is an India Pale Ale but in fact it also states that it is “hoppy, dank and amber” - it is an Amber Ale after all. I love Amber Ales, the real ones - and it is one.
One thing happens to you though immediately: you get tremendous aromas in your face, quite intensively. I guess you can imagine how a good Amber smells like, that dank but bitter archetypical aroma that stands for this type of beer. Now that is there, but you get a kind of strong, flintstone-like overtone (really, similar to as if someone has just lit a box of matches), but you kind of find out that this must come from the roasted Midnight Malt (?) This aroma is the breaking point - either you can stand it or you can’t, it’s that intensively there. I actually liked it, but I can imagine people who would be annoyed by this “extra”.
The good thing about the beer is that unlike many Ambers, it doesn’t get too malt-heavy. It stays serious just enough, but does not overdo it. Has enough ABV there as well but maybe due to the complexity of the beer it tends to grow on you more than in your average IPA - more sugars in there perhaps?
I enjoyed this beer quite a lot, was okay with the “swampiness” that made you sink into the beer...

Aug 17, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

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!

Jun 21, 2019
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jpbrooklyn from New Jersey

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....

Jun 16, 2019
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

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.

Jun 14, 2019
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

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).

May 27, 2019
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Mister_Faucher from Washington

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.

May 26, 2019
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Beer_Right_Back from Arizona

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.

May 01, 2019
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argock from Virginia

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.

Apr 28, 2019
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barnzy78 from Illinois

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!

Feb 17, 2019
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ChicagoJ from Illinois

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.

Jan 06, 2019
Blazing World from Modern Times Beer
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 1369 ratings