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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Photo of Raziel313
1.15/5  rDev -72.1%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Can't believe the reviews on this. Such a terrible taste. Had this on tap at modern times with six friends who all said it was the worst of the entire flight.

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Photo of starshockey9
1.35/5  rDev -67.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Been looking forward to finally trying some modern times after hearing good things about them. This one has really turned me off though. Pours way too light. Smell is old hops and to be honest, a litte bit like fart. Taste is pretty much like aroma with stale cardboard. Hopefully I just had a bad can cause this is horrid.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.58/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pour is dark copper, clear, white head, large bubbles and lacing. Nose is riddled with sweet malts, toasted grains, candied hops, faint citrus. Flavor is thin, very malty, lots of toasted caramel, bitter grassy hops, faint citrus. Medium body, lighter carb,

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.96/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16oz can purchased from Whole Foods Hillcrest for $9.99 a four pack. Amber color, good appearance, good head. Aroma was malts, touch of fruity hops and then something I wasn't sure of until I tasted it. Flavor was buttery like diacetyl, malts, notch hoppiness because I was so distracted by the butter. I'dije to try this again but I'm super sensitive to diacetyl and I hate it.

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Photo of lily18
3.19/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

If you're into Amber but not high hoppy beers steer clear. It looks beautiful in the glass but is high on hoppiness and has some floral notes. Not my favorite to be honest but hop lovers would love this one. I read one of the other reviews and it's why I tried it but it hadn't mentioned the hoppiness.

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Photo of travolta
3.34/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Great sticky lacing. He'd retention is ok. Head is rocky and chunky. A misty reddish copper.

Nose: Pine, metallic and slight carmel.

Taste: Crisp carbonation throughout. Corn, resin, metallic.

Notes: I was not overly impressed. My wife just said "It tastes like it's trying to be two different beers at once. I wish I were just drinking one of them."

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Photo of GarrettB
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

October 25th, 2013 - A hoppy amber! Count me in. Ambers often need a little pizazz, and an extra handful of hops might do the trick. The aroma is predominantly hoppy as I had hoped, with a heavy dank weed type scent, but at the same time sweet and redolent of pine trees and their needles. The palate is nice and rich, covering and coating the tongue as it goes, expressing a healthy flavor and poised balance. Deep, hoppy and engaging, the Hoppy Amber might be my favorite "non-dark" brew from this brewery to date.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.49/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Beachwood Seal Beach and served in a half pint as a warm-up for the bottle share. Slightly hazy orange to amber in color with a finger of khaki head that settles to a cap and leaves some patches of lace. Aroma is dank hops, grapefruit, pine, more tropical fruit, and a bit of an herbal note. The malt aroma features caramel and toasred bread. Taste is thoroughly dank and moderately bitter with the tropical fruit and caramel sweetness offering some balance early. Medium body, viscous texture, lower carbonation, and a long bitter finish.

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Photo of ryanhooks81
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

sent as an extra in a trade. poured from can 8-22-15. rich amber. fluffy, off white head. good retention. light citrus nose. better as it warms up a little. pretty solid beer.

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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 corby112
3.64/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy, pale golden orange color with apricot colored edges and a two finger pillowy white head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention with streaks of soapy lacing coating the glass on the way down.

Floral, slightly spicy aroma with grassy hops, pale malt, subtle caramel and tropical fruit sweetness. Fresh cut grass and resinous oils along with grapefruit and orange peel countered by bread, biscuit, caramel and toffee. Nice balance of fruit, malt and delicate grassy hops.

Medium body with a crisp, spicy hop bite up front that lingers over the sweeter notes and malt backbone into a slightly dry finish. Grassy and slightly herbal with pine needle and dank earthy hop oils countered by ruby red grapefruit, mango and orange peel. Caramel malt backbone with toffee, caramel, bread and dark fruit. This is a pretty nice beer that's well balanced and surprisingly sessionable at 6.8%.

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Photo of mactrail
3.66/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Brewer calls this a "hoppy Amber" featuring Mosaic hops. On tap at California Kebab in Pacific Beach.

Attractive dark amber color in the imperial nonic. Long-lasting foam with a pleasant spritzy mouthfeel. Really fragrant floral hop aroma. Overall it's rich and bitter. Assertive hop flavors from the first sip. Reminds me of Deviant Dale. Some malty sweetness. Not quite a DIPA, it's more slimmed down, but it has the bones.

Dry aftertaste with that big nose of hops. More resiny as you sip. Quite a mouthful of flavor, if you like this much bitterness.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can with a Pizza Port brewbies taster glass
*Notes taken from 11/17/13 – Thanks to my bro for sharing

A: Soft crimsoned caramel hue with very fine clarity. Not particularly red here but definitely qualifies as an amber. Fine layer of off white creamy head with fair retention efforts that leave behind some sticky spotting and light strings of lace upon the glass.

S: Smells of toasted malts and bread with some spiced tropical fruits. Lightly floral with some notes of grapefruit and melon coming through. I get just a touch of toffee sweetness to the overall aroma as well. Nice and subtlely inticing. Not particularly pungent or dank.

T: Caramel malt biscuit and toasted bread with some spicy melon, grapefruit , and perfumey florals. There are some lesser notes of a more herbal quality with some resinous pine mixed in. Soft toffee like sweetness but very dry on the palate. Smooth moderate level of bitterness to the beer with no alcohol presence in the flavor. Nice and well balanced but nothing completely ground breaking. Definitely not the dank juice the label claims to be.

M: Moderate body and a touch thin with a surprising amount of drying that really lightens the mouth feel. Creamy on the front with a light crisp and decent amount of resinous linger.

D: This is a nicely balanced and very sessionable Amber. There is a good mix of malt and hop flavor with a smoothened overall bitterness. The hop flavors I found to be fairly on the subtle side making this nothing particularly stand out for me. Well crafted but just a bit lack luster. Didn’t live up to the dank hype.

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Photo of MisterGone
3.72/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

First new era can for me. All fears about metallic favors gone. As to this offering: amber is well described. So, too, hoppy. Tropicals in the nose, with some caramel backing. Taste gives way to standard bittering hop profile less so than some notes of citrus, pine, floral, tropical, etc. Pretty simple toasted grain sweetness balances the bitters.

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

1 pint can. Canned on 2015-08-31.

A: Clear. Pale amber. Poured 2 fingers high of head, medium retention.
S: Intense hoppy aroma of fresh citrus (lemon) and grass.
T: Lemon peel. Some pineapple. Slightly pepper spicy. High bitterness. Dry.
M: Medium low bodied. Moderate carbonation.
O: This is more IPA than amber. It should emphasis malts a bit more. Pretty nice aroma and flavor though.

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Photo of brentk56
3.72/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a surprisingly light amber color (for an amber!) with a magnificently formed head that coats the glass and leaves streaks and spots of lacing

Smell: The label says it is dank and it is dank, with caramel and citrus pith tones

Taste: Caramel, with buttery diacetyl building underneath; the dank and pithy hops take over, in the middle, bringing an unusual combination of starfruit and melon to the mix; the buttery elements of the malt are a bit strong, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I was excited to try the beers from this brewery and this one has sat in my fridge for a couple of months too long, perhaps, taking the hops in a different direction than the brewer intended, I will have to try a fresher example the next time I see this one

Thanks, lincolnbeard, for the opportunity

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Photo of rand
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at O'Brien's, poured into a pint glass.

Interesting brew, it's nice to have a little hoppy kick to a style of beer that is often too sweet or bland. Here's how it breaks down.

A: Amber in color, appropriately so. Little carbonation or head, with just touches of lacing around the glass.

S: The bouquet is wet floral hops joined by a distinct note of toffee sweetness. Fresh cracker-y pastries work as a backdrop.

T: Caramelly sweet at the front of the palate, quickly pushed back by vinous, zesty hops. Earthy tea is noted mid-sip, along with roasty tones and pepper. Finishes fairly short and bitter-sweet.

M: Medium-bodied, oily slick. More carbonation than it appeared.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can. Great looking cans, as I think most would agree. The beer pours a clearer copper/amber color. I love the hops used in this brew but the nose leaves something to be desired. Not very intricate. A heavy dose of sweet citrus and bitter greens. Full malt scent on the nose which leads me to believe this may be a sweet/bitter mess. Upon trying Blazing World, I was thankful that this one wasn't a mess like I began to believe. Its a big, grapefruity, bitter brew with an earthy, herby hop element. The malt is sweet and relatively thick. Caramel and breads. Finishes bitter and sticky with resin. I can pick up the booze. I was not overly enamored with this beer.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev -9%


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My good buddy Syndicate hooked this one up a couple weeks back.. Finally got around to it tonight while enjoying some brews and getting some backlog work done... Thanks Darrell!!

Pours a pretty muddy looking amber... light tan head.. good retention and lacing.

Nose has plenty of sticky piney hops, but a resolute malt profile brings dry toast, caramel and IMO, a pretty big hit of diacetyl...

Flavor begins with a good bitter bite and then moves immediately into pithy grapefruit/big pine... malts take over and provide a lingering toasted bread playground for the hops that go on and on.. With warmth a little buttery note is magnified by the residual sweetness... but also a tropical fruity hoppiness emerges as well..

Nice body and pretty drinkable... I personally don't care for the abundant darker caramel malty/toasty profile in this high percentage, but it is still well done... Thanks once again Darrel!!


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Photo of BreweryRun
3.75/5  rDev -9%

A solid red IPA (That's really what the style is) but one that didn't quite meet the hype for me. Very hoppy with a focus on pine. I certainly smelled an tasted a little bit of that sticky dank hop character promised on the can but I would have liked more. To me the piney bitterness really took over. Overall a solid beer with a lot of flavor but not as good as I had hoped.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear dark golden color with a smallish off white head that persists for a little bit. Lots of citrus and pine in the aroma, grapefruit and resinous dankness backed up by a hint of bready caramel. The flavor is lots of juicy hops with some mineral and earthy edges. Citrus and pine flavor are a bit lighter than the aroma suggested. Light bready malt sweetness with a moderate stinging bitterness that lingers long into the finish. Light alcohol sensation, medium body with moderate carbonation. some rough edges here, but I certainly had no trouble finishing 16oz of this.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 16oz into standard pint glass. Canned December 21st 2016.

L: Hazy amber, finger width off-white head that slowly recedes into a thin layer. Some lacing.

S: Subtle aroma, pine hops, caramely sweetness in the background.

T: Hoppy for an amber, but that's what is advertised. Very dank, piney hops with a decent malt backbone. Some citrus hops as well.

F: Medium-full body with low carbonation.

O: Not my type of Ambers, I prefer mine well balanced but this is still a well crafted beer.

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Photo of rawfish
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours into the glass dark amber, good clarity with a very small white head. Retention is decent with lacing that is barely hanging in there.

Quite interesting the bready malts lack distinct sweetness or a husky raw quality but are forever in combat with a strange vinous fruit aroma that I can't tell if it's the malt, yeast or Nelson hops. Hops are piney with some sticky resin, notes of tropical fruit and red berries.

Solid, tight bready malt, refined with no grainy flavors, sweetness is held in check. Vinous fruit in the forefront before the Simcoe and mysterious Mosaic hops introduce a blast of pine, resin, berries, bubblegum and herbal notes of mint and bitter dandelion greens. Bitterness is manageable and balanced with a pleasant dryness.

Medium heft with with adequate carbonation. A balanced malt profile leads into some drying and a bit of sticky malt. Alcohol is also pinned down enough.

The Blazing World has a touch of bizzaro world, not a straight forward hoppy amber at all, the mosaic hops lead you on a taste trip to all corners of the the IPA range except to the tropical paradise. The vinous, ESB notes were a bit bothersome but easy to ignore. Balanced and clean, the complexity of this beer made me down it a bit faster than I normally would.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a dull ugly copper with a 2 finger off-white head that has some staying power. Decent legs on the lacing. Not 100% sure what to call it, but I wouldn't say amber.

S- Really picking up on the Nelson and Mosaic (which I like). Dank, onion-y, bright zesty fruits. touch of caramel.

T- Follows nose well. Clean tropical fruits that lead the way to a sweet malt backbone. Bitter without getting too crazy

M- Outstanding. Mid body, dry finish, and very drinkable. Chewy, yet clean finish.

O- Wasn't all that impressed when it hit the glass, but different story in it hit my lips. Just a really well done IPA that embraces the Nelson and Mosaic throughout. One of the better hoppy "ambers" I have had.

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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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