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

Thanks Kevin for the hook up!

A- Tall can drops a dark amber brew into my chalice. On the beer a thick and frothy off white head ascends up to about a finger high with fairly good retention dying out to a puffy wide ring. Wide sheets of lace form around most of the glass.

S- A very bright hop aroma comes off as especially fruity and dank; really seems to jump out of the glass with a sort of crispness to it. The chosen hops give off a well rounded aroma featuring dank nugs, herbal tones, berries, wine, kiwi, skunky weed, pineapple, woodsy earth and mint. The malts are toasty but it somehow balances into this particular hop bouquet.

T- In some ambers the fresh hops do not transfer over from the aroma but that is not the case here. Some new resinous pine does join into the mix but the intensely dank herbs, fresh tropical fruits, white wine grapes, berry, earthy/wooden, floral and orange zest character comes out swinging up front. The malts actually seem a bit more reserved here with a bit of toastiness, cereal grain and bread character.

MF- Creamy and puffy medium body with a bit of a slickness and high end carbonation. Finishes with a clean, moderately high end bitterness.

Perhaps one of the top hoppy amber aromas that I have ever experienced. The flavor follows it up and the dankness that is advertised comes through wonderfully. Mosaic, Simcoe and Nelson really provide a mixed bag that balances out nicely with the malts present.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy dark dark orange with a fluffy 1 finger head. Aroma-sugary fruits, tangerine, mango, slightly smoky. Fresh hoppy smell. Taste-mango, nice corn flaky like malt, orange. Some bitterness in the back that lingers a bit. Mouthfeel- medium carbonation that ends pretty smooth. Overall- this is fantastic. Nice citrusy and juicy IPA with a bit of bitterness. Very good.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass. Purchased in Attleboro, MA.

Pours an amber slightly hazy body with a white head that reduces slowly leaving lacing and some retention.

Aromas are dank.. resinous, slightly piney, rye-like, grassy. Mouth is light resinous, dank, bitter hops, drying finish, aftertaste is astringently hoppy. Medium carbonation and body.

Great, would be a go-to amber if it were available in my area.

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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 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 ManapuaMan
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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