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 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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Photo of Bruno74200
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a pint can. Really dank. A tropical mix. Awesome Amber ale balanced but so fruity. The smell Is crazy and the taste follows. Pine, blood orange, grapefruit, tropical fruit
And the mouthfeel is so smooth. Amazing stuff

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Photo of GilGarp
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pint sized can served chilled into an imperial pint glass. Canned 1/4/2016.

Blazing World is a hazy amber red color with thick white head. It settles fairly quickly but leaves some good lacing behind.

Aroma is hoppy but not overly intense. Good citrus, pine, and "dank" character.

Flavor is pretty spot on for a west coast hoppy amber. Malt backbone lends sweetness to the more dominant fresh hop bitterness. The same notes from the aroma come through in the flavor providing good depth.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated with good balance and drinkability.

Overall an excellent example of the style. Not a "wow" beer but very well constructed.

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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 Hallu
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Quite challenging beer. Not to taste, but to identify all the aromas. The smell is fruity, but not classic IPA fruity. There's some resin in there of course, and some floral aromas. The taste is very bitter at first, with a strong malty backbone. Then the final is quite amazing. Fruity, hoppy, and in the end very floral. If you've tasted the white peaches we have in Europe, that are a lot more floral than the yellow peaches, you know what I'm talking about. It's even more obvious on the burp. Think classic peach with a hint of rosewater, that you may confuse with ruby grapefruit at first, but the powerful bitterness is only on the initial taste, almost not in the final. Very elegant. I have no idea what people mean when they say "dank", but yes it's sticky, though not sweet at all. This is my 4th Modern Times beer, and it's the best one so far. The previous ones tended to be too mellow, this one definitely isn't.

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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 StJamesGate
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Craggy taupe carpet over tarnished brass. 3.75
Toffee, blood orange, cat and pine needles - heady. 4
Ribbon of sweet caramel then orange rind, slight blueberry, some evergreen, cantaloupe and herbal green. 4.25
Red currant and resin finish and slightly salty sticky end.
Only halfway to medium, feathery, creamy, some oil. 4.25

Simcoe, Nelson, Mosaic.

Canned on NYE, so 3+ weeks old. Pale for an amber but the nose intrigues. Hops are gentle and 85 IBUs are quiet, but each hop reveals itself in turn. A layered, architected affair, that seeks to charm, not bludgeon. Now I want more MT! 4.25

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Photo of Christoffer91
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 1/28: L: not as Amber as expected, nice creamy head and lacing. S:big dank, fruity, citrusy hops. Touch of maltiness. T: huge mosaic flavor, orange rind, juicy fruit, bready malts. Not super bitter... Again, doesn't feel like an amber ale as much as just a slightly malty IPA. Not sweet. F: nice and dry, has a nice body to it. O: This is possibly a beer that sits on shelves for a while, and my guess is it'd be rated higher if people had access to it fresh. Solid beer.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours two fingers of head on a clear darker straw body.
The aroma is big tropical fruit paradise. Wonderful.
The taste starts with some moderate pine and lemon bitter, then more malty but not quite sweet middle and end.
The texture is thicker.
Great aroma and good flavor.

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Photo of thepenguin
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Fairly hazy dark honey-amber. Decent head with good retention and pretty large bubbles, with a small foam layer left on the top.

S: Old-school American hops with a bit of caramel and deep ruby red grapefruit notes.

T: Very grapefruit forward, dank and resinous with sweet bready malt base. Nice balanced citrusy bitter finish. The Simcoe is definitely showing itself more than the Nelson or Mosiac.

F: Medium body, ample carbonation. Oily resinous mouthfeel.

Overall: I’ve been really impressed with this up-and-coming San Diego brewery. Here we have a quality hoppy amber ale that’s readily available in 16oz cans – no frills and no particular innovation, just a nice grapefruit-forward example of a classic style, drinkable, easily pairable with food.

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Photo of lamergod
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice thick frothy head with a deep amber clear body.

S- Nice tropical mangos, tagged along by citrusy notes of grapefruit. Balanced out with a good dose of hoppy goodness. As the beer warms up, notes of sweet malty bread/biscuit surfaces.

T- Similar to the nose, bitter hops on the palate, followed with nice fruity blast. Finishes off with a bitter linger.

Very good beer overall. Quite similar to an IPA.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned date of 11/11/15

Appearance - Pours hazy and reddish copper with an off-white head that sits just over a finger's width. Fair retention, then dissipates to a thin, broken layer of suds across the top. Lacing consists of broken lines and a few spots around the glass.

Smell - Aroma hints at caramel, pine, a bit of leaf and an undertone of citrus.

Taste - Follows the nose. Pine, toasty bread and caramel upfront with lesser notes of citrus. A bit of earthy, leafy flavors creep in mid-taste before a light, sprucy note adds to the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Slick on the tongue before a very dry finish.

Overall - Very good hoppy amber. Not my favorite for the style, but it might be my favorite Modern Times offering thus far.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

COD 11/3/15. Clear medium amber pour with a slight garnet tint. Outstanding head volume, world class lacing and retention.

Rich world class nose of dank and sweet tropical (pineapple) hops coupled with a bit of pine and spicy spruce over toasted biscuit plus a caramel note. As it warms orange rind is noted.

Solid medium body that has creamy aspects and a bit of resinous oily slickness. Nearly world class carbonation with a strong effervescent middle and a prickly burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is outstanding and strikes a good balance between hop flavor and bitterness. It begins with a semi-sweet tropical influence that flows to dank in the middle, then pine/spruce towards the finish. Underneath is a toasted biscuit that flows to caramel as the finish approaches and delivers the strongest sweet note - noticeable, but not dominant. The middle delivers a very balanced moderate bitterness that is spruce/pine that shifts to rind in the finish that lingers.

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

Revisted x10 (can, Long Beach) this one is still in my wheelhouse. Taste is very similar to a lot of classic west coast ipas. Nothing to complain about here.

First taste:7/17/14 at 3rd Stop in Beverly Hills, Had 3 or 4 of these on draft that night while at Cedars, probably would've given it at least a 4.25,

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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 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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Blazing World from Modern Times Beer
4.12 out of 5 based on 1,122 ratings.
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