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Brewed by:
Modern Times Beer
California, United States
moderntimesbeer.com

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.

Added by mactrail on 06-30-2013

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Reviews:
181
Ratings:
1,160
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
8.74%
 
 
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with solid aromas but the hops come through much better in the taste in my opinion.

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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 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 superspak
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with BeerBaron666. 16 ounce can into tulip glass; no canning date, but should be pretty fresh. Pours lightly hazy deep orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big mango, passion fruit, pineapple, tangerine, lemon zest, orange rind, floral, grass, light pine, biscuit, caramel, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity of dank citrus/tropical hops with moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of big mango, passion fruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange rind, caramel, biscuit, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of mango, pineapple, tangerine, lemon/orange zest, floral, grass, caramel, biscuit, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity of bright citrus/tropical hop flavors with a moderate malt balance; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome hoppy amber ale. All around great complexity and balance of citrus/tropical hops and bready malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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

Slightly hazy amber color with off-white head. Aroma is fruity and herbal, quite dank with some caramel malt in the background. Taste starts really fruity, just a bit sweet, nice and balanced. Finishes bitter with grapefruit pith and lingers also in the aftertaste. Body and carbonation are medium. Really nice, classic amber ale. Tasty and easy to drink.

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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 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 smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Would go for nonic but the first words on here say hoppy and dank, so let's go with that glass. No obvious dating that I can see.

Deep orange bodied amber brown color, real nice faint carbonation of white rising through the middle of the glass. Head is foamy vanilla yellow with a top of easily four to three fingers tall. Perfectly aggressive with a nice controlled but large head. Solid looking amber, if a bit pale towards orange.

Great hop angle, mild earth and dank qualities, hints of grass and weed on the bouquet. Very noticeable weed like aroma and mixed fresh potted soil. Great hop angle, looking for the malt, but it's pretty buried and definitely hop driven brew on the nose here.

Palate comes with a nice toned surprise. Fruit juiced quality and mix of earth and tropical notes. Soft bodied caramel and a little bit of sweetness round out on the finish. Finishes very tropical strangely, letting the notes of weed and earth hinted on the note completely disappear. Great very small muted but noticeable caramel sugar softness and flavor.

Overall first sips had me quite intrigued, but the more I drank it, the better it improved. The visual character of this reminds me of Lunch, but the flavor profile of course different. I am such a sucker for a good amber, and this one is it.

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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 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 GreesyFizeek
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tall can shared with stillmatic2232, thanks man.

Pours a hazy dark orange, almost red. One inch of head, and a small amount of lacing down the glass.

Smells really, really nice- lots of resinous, dank pine and earthy flavors, almost marijuana like, even. Some grapefruit and orange zest too.

The taste is great, but doesn't quite touch the amazing fresh aroma on this one. The hop bill on this one- Simcoe, Mosaic, and Nelson, is a dream trifecta of hops, and just explodes with flavor. Tons of West Coast style pine and grapefruit type flavors, with a good malt bill as well, some caramel and toast back the huge hop flavor.

Medium bodied, hefty as expected for a hoppy, almost 7% ABV amber ale. Crisp, dry mouthfeel, very drinkable, goes down way easy.

First beer from this brewery- this was quite excellent. Sort of like a Nugget Nectar lite.

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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 DoubleJ
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As a few people stress over how many more breweries the USA can support, Modern Times is yet another new brewery in San Diego. I was given a taste of Blazing World a month back, which inspired me to purchase a four-pack of pint cans if and when I saw it in Orange County. With it in stock at Total Wine, the purchase occurred with little hesitation. Here comes a pint. On to the beer:

A ½ inch of head covers the beer of dark amber and autumn hues. Creamy lacing sticks around the glass as the beer drops. The aroma is clean, pleasantly hoppy with cantaloupe, pine, honeydew and a kiss of munich malt. This could be confused for an IPA if you don't pay attention to the detail of the malt.

The taste is hops with a good malt base. Pine and cantaloupe are quickly identified. There's toffee crisp, a kiss of tangerine, all while the beer shows little bitterness and has a cleanliness to it. Just the squeeze of the hops. Beer is medium bodied and smooth, which helps make this beer a joy to drink. Certainly different from Calico Amber Ale and Hophead Red,which are already two well-made ambers produced in San Diego.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

LOOK: Pours a dark bronze with a hint of amber. Soapy head leaves sheets of lace behind on the pint. Gotta love a beer that comes in a 16.9 pounder can and the quality is this high.

SMELL: Very nice aroma, and dank is a perfect word. Pungent West Coast American hops in your face. Resin, hemp seed, guava, mandarin.

TASTE: The taste is nice and bitter upfront with the perfect combination of herb, pine and tropical fruit, Mango, papaya, passionfruit, and clementine orange all come to mind in the flavor. Sugary malt character lays a perfect foundation to carry the hop notes along. Great balance, fresh tasting, and just a touch darker than a typical IPA. This is very freaking tasty.

FEEL: Full bodied, yet smooth and soft on the palate. Good amount of carbonation, this beer drinks effortlessly. Very clean finish leaving the drinker yearning for another sip of this hoppy sweet amber ale.

OVERALL: A great example of West Coast hop flavors, Modern Times Beer has created a very successful recipe here. Gaining some momentum from hop heads and beer collectors, this is a perfect canned hoppy amber ale. Delightful.

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Photo of dar482
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a hazy bright amber ruby color.

The aroma has a wonderful dankness and resin. Some bright ruby grapefruit and red orange. A candy sweetness.

The flavor follows with some dank pine in the front. And then onto a bready body along with a tinge of a bright sweetness that plays with the fruity flavors in there. Some grapefruit and almost a cherry fruit flavor. A decent bitterness and with tons drying on the finish. Some sticky pine, herbal, and resin on the finish.

The aroma has a wonderful combination of Mosaic and Simcoe, whereas the flavor has mostly Simcoe.

The packaging looks awesome. It’s a beautiful can with lots of information like the IBUs, malts, hops, etc.

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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 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!!

3/3.5/3.75/4/3.75

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Photo of rudzud
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear copper hue with a nice fat one finger head that fades to leave a nice creamy blanket. Solid

S - Aromas of caramel, pine resin, sweeter malts, rather balanced albeit light. Slight earthiness too

T - Taste is light caramel, some pine, faint citrus, light peppery hops with slight spice. Malts are slightly heavier with this, perhaps not super super fresh. Still, a solid amber.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, clean, crisp, slightly thin though and the alcohol is lightly noticeable.

O - Overall, a solid amber ale. Nice appearance and aroma though wish it was a bit hoppier. Still, not all that bad.

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

Thanks to SomethingClever for this can.

In review was canned on 7/9/15.

A - Pours a medium to dark amber color (go figure, huh?), minimal head and light lacing.

S - Nice citrus aroma, berry, a little earthy, passion fruit, toasted malt base.

T - Lightly toasted malt base that's offset by juicy citrus, passion fruit, with a pleasant balanced lingering of citrus and toasted bready malt.

M - Full medium body, small amounts of carbonation pricklies on the tongue, finishes somewhat wet on the front of the palate with a dry finish on the back end.

O - Just when I thought Nugget Nectar was the only savior to Amber Ales ... enter Blazing World. This can is over two months old and it tastes great IMO, would really like to try a super fresh one and will revise my review.

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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 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 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 Stevedore
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, dated 1/14/2015. Served in a snifter 2/5/2015.

A- Dark muddy amber body, two finger white head with great retention, great lacing, nice longevity.

S- Wow, I can definitely get some spicy passion fruit here mixed in with grapefruit and pine. This is a LOT hoppier than I expected. Incredible, I have to think there is Nelson in here, it has that characteristic passion fruit aroma. Tons of hops abound on top of a mild toffee malt aroma. Make no doubt about it, this is juicy and aromatic.

F- Nice dry toffee malt backbone, but the hops shine here. Passion fruit, grapefruit, citrus, pine. Very fruity, lots of different flavours and very juicy with a nice hefty passion fruit bitterness on the backend.

M- Medium bodied, bursting with flavour and the perfect amount of carbonation. This is a sticky, resinous beer that leaves a dry, bitter passion fruit finish lingering on the tongue. Wow!

O- I love this beer. Much better than I expected it to be, and I certainly think it's an amazing year-round for what it is, especially given the current rAvg of 4.1. I think it's higher than that- it's an Amber/Red but I definitely enjoy this a lot more than the likes of Nugget Nectar which is considered one of the best hoppy Amber/Red ales out there.

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