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 biboergosum
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can - pretty, pretty cool to now see this SoCal brewing phenom now represented way up here in Alberta.

This beer pours a mostly clear, medium copper amber colour, with three zaftig fingers of puffy, rocky, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some stellar layered sudsy cirrus cloud pattern lace around the glass as it lazily subsides.

It smells of musty and yes, dank, pine resin, muddled domestic citrus rind, grainy and crackery pale malt, a bit of scallion acerbity, and further leafy, weedy, and grassy green hop bitters. The taste is bready and grainy pale malt, a lesser biscuity caramel sweetness, some lemon, blood orange, and white grapefruit citrus peel, hints of an earthy yeastiness, and more weedy, musky, and gently dank verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is average in its workaday frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and sort of smooth, as the robust hops sort of take a bit of the surface sheen off of things here. It finishes off-dry, but trending toward the latter, as the malt seems to be eager to check out early.

Overall, this a very genial and yet somewhat aggressively hopped-up amber ale, with the malt looking kind of like a punching-bag by the end of it all. Not that I'm complaining - it's easy to drink, and definitely my preferred way of enjoying this particular style.

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

Very interesting--tastes like a combination of an IPA with an amber ale. It is the hops that stand out. Seems like a wide range of hop flavors thrown in there, causing a balance to be struck not between hops and malt, but between different and practically opposing hop taste profiles. From overripe dark fruit and damp basement to grass, pine, bright tropical fruit and citrus, it's all there. Very fresh. It coats the mouth and allows you to experience different tastes in different areas of the tongue and palate. Moderate bitterness that to me was not overwhelming, carbonation right in the middle. Nice little bready malt backbone. Very nice.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice golden amber beer with an off white head that sticks and leaves a nice lacing
S # big sticky sweet caramel, orange peel, pine
T & again sweet caramel, orange peel, pine, bitter hop resin, clean bitterness
M # light beer, carbonation appropriate, alc covered, aftertaste is pine, bitter orange peel
O $ good amber ale. Like G'knight

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

A: Poured from the pint-sized can (canned on 1/10/17, consumed on 4/1/17) into a Duvel tulip. Body is hazy light-chestnut, with orangey-amber hues when backlit. Nice, fluffy - about 2 fingers' worth of - off-white head on top. Leaves behind nice clumps of foamy lace.

S: First impression is of a tannic, woodsy bitterness, with some lemon or citrus zest. Modest toasted bready malt foundation.

T: A VERY hoppy amber. Toasted malt foundation is there, but followed quickly and subsumed by the hoppy bitterness. Lemony citrus, grapefruit peel and a touch of pine needles. Some earthiness and herbal (and dank) hops as well. Tasty.

M: Medium in heft with a modest carbonation.

O: Very good. This straddles the amber/IPA style nicely - nicely, that is, if you lean towards the IPA side in preference. This is definitely not a malt-centered amber or red ale at all; the hops prevail.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a half finger slightly off-white head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of light biscuit mal with a hint of caramel, grassy and citrus hops, light tropical fruit. Not much dankness as per label. Flavor follows, with smooth biscuit and pale malt, grassy, citrus and lightly piney hops, grapefruit and lemon rind, finishes hoppy with citrus and nicely dank hops. Medium bodied with medium to rich creaminess. A nice hybrid of amber style malts and IPA hopping. The malt is very mellow, with little of the sharp grainy notes often present in biscuit malts, but rich enough to stand up well to the hops, which have great herbal flavors and a hop bitterness that is unusual for the amber style. This is very pleasant and rewarding to drink, inviting further tasting.

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Photo of Bloodbuzz99
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Easily the best Amber ale I've ever had. Pungent fresh hops shine through and the burnt malt amber flavors are present but subdued. Definitely an IPA lovers amber ale!

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

Clear orange amber with one finger of white head. Swaths and splotches of lace.
Smell is malts and orange zest.
Taste is tropical fruit that is supressed by dank hop bitterness. Rich malts smooth things out somewhat.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Finish is medium dry and bitter.
Overall a really big Amber. Quite enjoyable.

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

Golden amber color with a foamy head, streak lacing. Aroma is citrus, light, tropical fruit and caramel malt. The flavor is melon, lemon, orange, pineapple & grapefruit. All balanced out well with some caramel malt. Very smooth and refreshing. A very good beer overall.

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

Pours nearly amber with a medium-large rocky head that leaves a good amount of lace. Nose is quite full and rounded...a hoppy/malty mix with honeydew, caramel, and citrus. Taste matches with a big backbone that dries out towards the finish with some honey, melon, and resin. I let it go warm at the end and it got a bit astringent. Overall, a very good beer that will please anyone who who likes a more rounded IPA with a big backbone.

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Photo of arizcards
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single tall boy can from TW Camelback 11-26-16 for $3.79. Canned on 10-13-16 and stored in the fridge since purchase.

Beer poured amber with a beautiful white head.

Nose was essence of fresh citrus.

Taste was a tasty caramel malt backing with a nice overlay of grapefruit and pine.

Mouthfeel was crisp and refreshing.

Overall a tasty hoppy red ale that i would have again!

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Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I feel like this beer almost cheats a little. Yes, it sorta looks like a light-hued amber, but everything else about it, from the aroma to the taste, suggests an IPA, and a stellar one. The hops shine, but the malt's not really there in the way I expect of an amber.

Was this beer delicious? Yes. Was it a proper amber? I'm not sure.

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Photo of EMH73
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear deep amber color with a huge, well retained white head that left lots of lacing all the way down the glass and globs foam. Smell is pine, citrus, tropical fruit and sweet malt. Taste follows the nose with notes of pineapple. Finishes on the dry side-almost like a white wine. Medium bodied for the style, light carbonation. Exactly as advertised a hoppy amber ale.

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

Tall can.....canned on 1/10/17

Pours a nice looking reddish hue of amber, lifting a sturdy and lasting khaki cap...leaves gobs of froth and thicker sheets of lacing.

Hops and maple infused malts all over the nose

Easy drinking amber, nice balance of malts and hops...nice for a change in our seemingly IPA/DIPA dominated current beer scene...not complaining, but def. nice for a change.

Notes of more maple malts, soft hops with some grapefruit coming to mind....pleasant sessionable brew...again "balance" is the operative word here

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to eyebereej for this one! Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from a 16 oz. can into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Hazy deep gold to light bronze, with a finger's worth of white head that fades quickly. Moderate level of visible carbonation.

S: Resinous and dank hops. Then bready malts - lightly toasted with a touch of toffee sweetness.

T: Resin, grassy, and dank. Some melon, and a touch of minty and vegetal hops with an odd hop flavor that I can't quite place. A sizeable malt backbone with nice bready character and no more than a kiss of caramel sweetness. It finishes with a mild lingering resinous bitterness.

M: Medium body for style, though carbonation sensation is on the low side. Low alcohol presence.

O: Hoppy red ales have to be done very well to appeal to me. And this one was done right. I wouldn't hesitate for a pour if I ever found it somewhere.

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Photo of Emersonio
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed at Smoke and Barrel in D.C. POUR: 16oz can into a nonic pint. APPEARANCE: Bronze and hazy. Cant see through. rocky off-white head. Mellow with no carbonation. Some glass lacing present. Reddish in color when held up to the light. Very nice look to it. AROMA: Very hoppy. Sharp and somewhat tart. Citrus but not juicy. TASTE: Very hoppy. Not so subtle acidic quality. The mixture of hops really pushes it to hop bomb status despite the subtle nose. AFTERTASTE: Follows the taste profile. Somewhat bitter but gets gets a bit more quaffable. NOTES: Pretty straightforward in regards to a hoppy beer. Slow sipper that is well crafted. Looks good in the glass. RESULT/ RATING: Very Good / 4.24 out of 5.

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

Pours a reddish mahogany color. Clear and effervescent. Off-white head dissipates leaving a thin layer of off white soapy foam. Sticky white lacing is left behind.

Smell is a dank piney aroma with some pineapple and white wine grapes.

Taste follows the nose with pine, sap, pineapple, white grapes and a malt backbone that is present but complimentary. slightly sweet.

Feel is medium bodied. Feels a tad sweet - giving the beer some weight. Medium carbonation. Pretty refreshing.

Overall a well done hoppy amber - this is much more of a cross between an IPA and an amber rather than a traditional amber, but its really well done for what it is.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap served in a stemmed glass at Mikkeller Bangkok.

Slightly hazed amber copper in color, it comes with thick creamy off-white head that stays with good retention before slowly sinking to some bubble sheet atop and leaving plenty of lacing wave all around.

The aroma is all about the hoppy affair with notes of strong piney resin and dankness. It is also fruity at time like dried-apricot, peach, tropical, white grape, and citrus, as well as some spiciness and earthiness. They are well mingled and balance together with suggestion of dough and bready malt.

The hoppiness profile transfers well into the taste providing its generous amount of pine, dankness, resin, fruity citrus, earthiness, some spice, and solid bitterness. Malt lays there in the background as dough and bread quality.

The body is medium with smooth mouthfeel and some lively crisp carbonation through the palate, refreshing, very dry finish. Very hoppy amber, very good and so tasty.

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

Good beer . . . My first Modern Times brew and it reminds me of a West Coast example of Nugget Nectar. Nice amber red appearance with aromas of caramel and brown sugar. Feel is sticky and medium bodied. Tastes like Nugget Nectar maybe just little less sweet. Good beer.

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Photo of i4ourgot
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber? Almost taste like iPas from ten years ago. A little thicker in body a lot more sweetness than your common IPA. I like this beer it puts a new spin on an amber but it pretty much tastes like a heavier IPA.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 2.5-week-old tallboy can received in a holiday beer basket from friends on the West Coast. Whaaat?!? I must have been very good this year. Beer pours a clear amber (just like it says on the can--great clean design, btw, and love all the info). A finger of off-white foam leaves patchy lacing.

Smell is pine, fruity citrus and a touch of white grapes from the Nelson, along with a musty earthiness I assume comes from the Simcoe. Some sweet malts in there as well.

Taste is big on resinous pine with undertones of fruit--hops are big enough to keep the malt in a supporting role. Assertive bitterness, which works very well with the overall flavor profile. Some toasty malt in the finish.

Feel is medium-minus, with some body but still pretty crushable. Overall, a fine beer. Reminds me a bit of Surly Furious, another hoppy amber that's a favorite of mine.

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Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite hop forward and dank. Slight tropical and grape aroma that doesn't transfer to the palate. Bittering is assertive and somewhat overwhelming. Mouthfeel is dry even though it's an amber

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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 larryi86
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to 2beerdogs for this
16 oz can, dated 10/13/16, poured into a teku

A- A clear amber with a two finger white head.

S- Super dank, pineapples/tropical fruits, some toasted malts, touch of grapefruit.

T- Pineapple, tropical fruits, white wine, some citrus, toasted malts, dank/piney finish, well balanced.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A fantastic hoppy amber, definitely dank, worth seeking out!

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Photo of Lobina
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From can into glass. Love 16 oz can formats. Great dank aroma I was bought in at that moment. Fairly dry and hoppy. Looking forward to more of these and others. Great brewery.

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Photo of jmd88
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Traveled to San Diego for my honeymoon and decided to give this beer a shot. Very hoppy for an amber ale in tasted and in scent. Also tasted some citrus. Pours a very coppery color. Overall very good beer. I highly recommend it for warm weather.

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