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Blazing World | Modern Times Beer

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Blazing WorldBlazing World

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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: 152 | Ratings: 1,091
Photo of beertunes
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a semi-recent box from BA Cherche. 16oa can poured into 10oz goblet. Unreadable canned on date. Poured a semi-cloudy golden amber color with about 1/4 inc of of off-white head that had low-moderate retention and lacing.

Big hop scents blast out of the can upon opening. Light malt base aroma, and those lovely Nelson hops dominate. Pretty similar on the tongue, lots of hops on top of a semi-sweet base.

Body was nice, smooth, even, mostly clean, but there was a bit of sticky-sweetness on the finish. Drinkability was very good, I could easily have knocked back a few of these. Overall, a very nice brew, if it were a local to me, I would drink it often. I may trade for more.

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Photo of smcolw
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dirty copper color. Clear. Excellent initial ring lace. Streaks thereafter.

Heavily hopped nose but the the bready, caramelized malt is noteworthy. In the background, I get some faint alcohol.

The taste mimics the smell. The hop is a bit harsher on the tongue leading to a long aftertaste. The body is lighter than expected and the elevated carbonation accentuates this. The flavor has a touch of earthiness.

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Photo of Dope
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

9/16/16 canning date

A: Clear amber pour. Huge frothy tan head. Perfect head retention and some of the thickest uninterrupted lacing I've ever seen.

S: They weren't kidding, it's dank. Some white wine in there too, interesting.

T: Oh yeah. White wine again but buried with a ton of dank, resinous hops. Mild caramel malt and then more hoppiness. Not hugely bitter but plenty more white wine in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, smooth.

O: Dank up front, white wine on the back end with a little sweetness. Not bitter but quite pungent. Surprisingly smooth despite all this. Interesting amber for sure.

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

Delicious hopped up amber ale. Pours an impressive looking amber with a little cloudiness. Nice white frothy head provides contrast and sticks around for a while. Aroma is caramel-malt and pine. Think OG west coast IPA with more malt. The hops hit first and outmuscle malt but the end result is a nice melange of flavors - pine, grapefruit, blood orange, caramel and roasted malt. Finishes a little sticky with a resin-coating clinging to the mouth. Awesome beer; glad to see this in MA.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.61/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. canned on 08/16/16

Pours amber orange with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like fresh grape, gooseberries, kiwi, grapefruit, dark berries, mango, papaya, sweet melon, spicy guava, passionfruit, orange citrus, nutty biscuity toffee caramel malts, with dank woodsy herbal grass and resinous earthy pine. Tastes like fresh grapes, gooseberry, kiwi, nutty biscuity toffee caramel malts, grapefruit, dark berries, mango, papaya, melon, spicy guava, passionfruit, orange citrus, with dank woodsy herbal grass and resinous earthy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy slick and smooth with low carbonation. Overall a real nice hoppy amber ale.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color. Aroma is malty sweetness with some bitter hops. Flavor follows the nose with notes of citrus too. Has a nice feel and overall very solid. Drinks more like an IPA than an amber but maybe I'm just splitting hairs.

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Photo of tempest
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a 2 week old can and god damn, those hops. This is like a West Coast red ale. Damn dry with huge crisp pine, white grape, and grapefruit in the nose. It smells like I'm rubbing hops in my hands. The IBUs (85) are up there, but it's a smooth bitterness and I'll be going back for another can.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a mostly clear amber color with two fingers worth of off white bubbly head. the smell is all hops with pine being at the forefront. You get a bit of the malt sweetness at the end. The flavor follows suit as you get a ton of hops upfront before the amber ale comes through with a bit of toasty malt. The feel is medium with good carbonation. This is an excellent beer. The hops don't overpower the amber ale but plays nice just adding some complexity.

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Photo of ChipChaight
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can from Noble Grains NYC on the UES
Pours a clear amber with white head, smells like spicy, pepper candied citrus and pine, with a hint of caramel sweetness, taste is sweet bready malts up front followed by citrus and pine spiciness, finishes with a lingering citrus zest, this beer is thick and creamy, and finishes dry. An excellent hop cant amber, reminiscent of another one of my favorites, Nugget Nectar.

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Photo of cmurkar
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Slater's 50/50. Dark copper in color with a very thin white head. Smell is heavy caramel malt with a mango finish. Very floral. Taste follows the smell. Malty, mango, with a hoppy touch. Crisp, clean mouth feel. Medium body. Leaves you feeling refreshed.

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

A very bright clear burnt orange, amber color. Aroma of sticky pine sap, grapefruit, passionfruit, citrus pith. Taste is nice blend of light caramel malt, pine, floral hop, light grapefruit and spice in the finish. Moderately bitter, medium body, with a semi-dry finish. Malty and hoppy in flavor, relatively non-sweet and crisp drinking.

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Photo of ntanp91
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From pint can. Pours opaque dark rusty color with half an inch of white foam. Grassy aroma emanates and linger in the first taste, followed by pine. The 3 hops shining through. Layer of caramel malt follows. Candied feel in mouth as it lingers. Pleasant dry finish. A complex and layered amber ale. Highly recommended.

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Photo of HoppedChef84
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Lack of head rentention is the only thing that took away from the beautiful crystal amber. The hop profile is unreal. This is the best amber ale I've had. Buy it.

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Photo of nobodywonder
4.64/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

So dank and good.

From a 16 oz from Trader Joe's.

Beautiful amber color with a wonderful dank smell. Very clean, crisp taste with good carbonation and a roasty touch. Definitely one of the favorites now.

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Photo of papat444
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can, canned mid-April 2016.

Nice amber body, crazy dank in a very good way. Long lingering bitterness, sweet hops. I could drink gallons of this!

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Photo of huntley101888
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L - Pours an opaque golden-amber color. A vigorous pour yielded a head that would overtop my Spiegelau glass if I kept pouring. Head is surprisingly white for the amber. Overall, I would like for it to be a little bit more reddish, hence my 4.25 score.
S - roastiness. Aroma is there but not overpowering. I'm getting a kind of metallic-y smell. Not sure if that is my glass or what.
T - This is like a clean tasting, roasty IPA, if that makes any sense. I'm a big fan of this genre when it's like an IPA but with a nice roasty flavor to it. It's more Lagunitas Imperial Red than it is Nugget Nectar, as this does not have the fruity sweetness of the nectar. Bitterness hits the tip of the tongue and then the maltiness settles in at the middle of the tongue. Bitterness lingers after the swallow is gone, as does a bit of dry sweetness.
F - Despite the malt, I'm not getting a slick mouthfeel, which I prefer. I described it as clean earlier.
O - I'm scoring this pretty high because I have been disappointed so many times in this style. This one is definitely one that I would continually go back to (especially at $11/4 pack (16oz cans). Too bad the distributor has indicated this is the first and last shipment they will be receiving from this brewery. Bottom line is this; if you like this style and see this beer, buy it.

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Photo of tigg924
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours light copper in color, clear, with one inch head. Taste is amazing wet hops, mango, and light grapefruit and biscuit. Tastes exceptionally fresh. Would really like Modern Times to come up here full time. This is another hoppy beer I would get often

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Has a hint of harvest sunset, but it's mostly a golden honey in color. Attractive, creamy head with substantial depth.

S: Floral tropical fruits. Earthy pine. Pungent, sticky hops given some depth by sweetness of malts.

M: Not very sharp or crisp. Malt seems to control this aspect. A bit too soft and oil-slick with a rather full body.

T: Some sweet caramel throughout. It pops up all the time! Otherwise, main accents are pine, melon, clementine. Dripping with resinous hop oils. Cedar like earthiness. Malts offer a toasted profile just short of roasted. Combines with hops for sweetened herbal tea effect.

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

Lightly hazed amber bodied beer with a small head and modest lacing. Aroma was more subdued than expected; lightly fruity hops, some pine, some caramel malts. Big time flavor though, pine, a bit of citrus and resins offset by a balancing but unobtrusive bread and caramel malt body, very lightly sweet but finishing immediately dry.

Long, lingeringly bitter and resinous finish. Nimble body with good carbonation. Very much an old-school west coast type ipa with a slight red ale vibe. Good stuff. Doesn't shy away from its bitterness.

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Photo of Reema
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 16 oz can into a can glass.

Pours a clear honey amber color with eggshell white froth that persists. Smell is of hops dank, pineapple fruitiness, and fruity hops. Taste reflects the smell. Fruity hops and resiny flavors leads into a pleasant bread caramel flavor that finishes with a hops bitterness that lingers. Feel is lighter which works extremely well with the fruity hop flavors. Overall this is a great beer with qualities all around.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 04/29/16 notes. 16 oz. can into a tulip.

Overall a very nice hoppy red ale. Lots of pine, resin, and light citrus/grapefruit hops,. Easy to drink and not bitter. Would like to have it again sometime.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.66/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a light mahogany with a big fluffy slightly tan head.

Lots of hopping on the aroma. At the same time both incredibly herbal and intensely citrus.

Beer is a nice balance of Amber malt and and hops. Hops tickle your tongue and provide a citrus pepper note.

Excellent beer well balanced and interesting all around. I can see myself enjoying lots of these in a row or one to really delve into.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, at the brewery, in San Diego.

Appearance - The color of a shinny new penny. Great clarity. Thin head but big stickage. A handsome beer.

Smell - Big hop nose (a combination of citrus and pine needles). A whiff of sweet malt in the background.

Taste - Hop forward, for sure (pine needles). The toasty malt foundation is there but it takes a backseat to the hops. A nice west coast ale.

Mouth - Crisp. Fizzy.

Overall - Modern Times tells the world that this is an amber when, in reality, it's much closer to a West Coast hop bomb. Very tasty but not as advertised.

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Photo of BustaPheara
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light amber, darker than gold but stopping well short of red. White head with good retention and lacing. Very clear.
Aroma: pretty good wallop of nelson- black pepper, cannabis, pineapple, garlic and chives, melon. Generally pretty herbal and fruity, not particularly citrusy, maybe a little bit piney. Lasting impression is tropical and dank. Malt aroma is barely perceptible.
Flavor: firm bitterness, dry, continues the pineapple melon garlic/chive character from the aroma. Slight toastiness/kilned flavor, but still dominated by the hops. Residual sweetness is low.
Mouthfeel: fairly crisp, medium carbonation, light medium body
Overall: This has been one of my favorite San Diego beers since I first tried it, and I have had it many times since both from tap and can. It is a very modern beer in terms of the hop character, with a powerful fruitiness that manages to be just restrained enough by the more herbal qualities. Very morish; despite a powerful aroma and flavor, the beer never becomes fatiguing for me.

One thing I feel like stating, and I know I'm not the first person to point this out- this beer is marketed as an amber; it's an IPA. I'm not a style nazi, so this fact doesn't affect the beer's score in my eyes, but the color of the beer, which is achieved almost entirely by a small addition of roasted grain, per the homebrew recipe on their website and the ingredient list on the can, is, while on the darker end, still in spec for an IPA, and everything else about the beer just screams IPA. It has none of the expected malt flavor or aroma of an amber/red ale, so don't expect that going in. Again, I still love the damn thing, just sayin'.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is dank hops, spices, pine and a background of citrus. The flavor is grapefruit, citrus, mildly syrupy body, malts and a mix of bitter/hoppy and slightly sweet in the finish.

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Blazing World from Modern Times Beer
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