Blazing World | Modern Times Beer

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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.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 227 | Ratings: 1,332
Photo of EMV
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Cloudy golden amber pour. 1.5 fingers of white head. Great ring of lacing.

S: Caramel malts and citrus hops. Surprisingly fruity nose for a red ale.

T/F: Follows the nose. Rich and malty... caramel and lightly toasted grains. Citrus and tropical fruit hop presence. Very mild bitterness. Dank hops are more prominent than the malts and this is not a bad thing. Grapefruit, passionfruit, and mango... smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Finish is tropical fruit.

O: A solid tropical fruit forward red ale... melds well with the rich malts. Easy drinking... super tasty.

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Photo of mklmcgrew
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can poured into a pint glass

L: Pours a very hazy deep gold/copper, with a nice 1-finger head that dissipates quickly, but leaving decent lacing.

S: Dank and fruity hops along with bread and toasted malt.

T/F: Very smooth, balanced flavor. A nice mixture of the dank hops, some citrus, caramel malt, bread and stone fruit. Medium body with long lasting carbonation. Fairly creamy mouthfeel.

O: Very tasty red ale. Nice change of pace from IPA juice bombs.

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Photo of MMOSNN
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - a deep opaque orange with a white head, good retention, and a decent amount of lacing.
Smell - dank and citrusy hops are upfront along with caramel and bready malts.
Taste - the malt and hop characteristics blend together pretty well, but the dank hops dominate.
Feel - high carbonation, medium slightly chewy body (for the style), and smooth finish.

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Photo of TH28
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can. 6/13/17 can date. Appearance: Deep golden with a touch of haze and a low lying off white foam head. Wouldn’t say this is amber as the description claims. Aroma: Dank, resinous pine, grass, and light tropical fruit hop aromas underneath a caramel/crystal maltiness. Taste: Toasted bread crust and light caramel malt sweetness, strong grapefruit, herbal, and grassy hop flavor that builds to an extremely strong and dry bitterness. A touch of cinnamon shows up on the swallow Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high carbonation Finish: Very dry, with lingering sharp grassy bitterness and sticky hop residue on the tongue. Overall: Pretty good dark pale ale. Hard to qualify this as an AAA when the color is clearly a deep golden. Nice hop aromas, but aren’t very strong. Flavor is fairly more complex, with nice hop character that stands out more than in the aroma. Surprisingly dry with a sticky residue on the tongue. Definitely hop forward, but the malt backbone is enough to help balance

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Photo of StArnoldFan
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best Amber I've had, right up there with Nugget Nectar. Enjoyed it fresh from the can after a long hike at Zion. Picked the can up in Vegas the night before and wish I would've picked up a sixer instead of a single.

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Photo of Hopresin19
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16oz Can into Tulip Glassware,Appearance is a nice Dark Amber,with good carbonation,and beautiful pillowy 2 Finger Head.Nose is substantially dank and onion/Garlic like owing to the Simcoe Hop profile,Taste follows suit,nice HOP BITE that lingers with a lupulin rush,excellent!...Overall a great and well recommended offering from Modern Times

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Photo of RyanK252
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a Modern Times Beer glass

A: Pours deep copper amber with a frothy khaki head that settles to a light layer that hangs around and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Monster wave of all different kinds of hops. Starts dank, some white wine grape, spicy pine, citrus, underlying tropical fruit, toasty bready malt, and toffee sweetness.

T: You can definitely taste all the different elements of the hop combo coming out to play. White wine grape, dank pine, citrus, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine zest, tropical fruit, papaya, passion fruit, and mango, all backed with toasty, even a bit roasty (faint chocolate on the back end), bready malt, and toffee sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: To be honest, it's a red IPA, not a "hoppy amber", but who cares. I had a taste of this one some time ago and wasn't impressed. Now, with a can to myself I can properly appreciate it. Really nice beer.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can, canned 5/18/17

Medium amber color, clear. White head, good head retention. Nice dank pine and earthy hop aroma, with caramel. Works well. Similar taste. Moderately bitter, good balance. Slightly sticky mouthfeel, medium bodied.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


Can to tulip glass.

LOOK: dark gold, almost brown, but mostly clear with just a touch of laziness. Medium white head that fades slowly.

AROMA: fruit, metallic, the mosaic is prominent.

TASTE: while the aroma is very IPA like, the taste almost drinks like a lager. A lot of Wheat and bread mixed in with tropical fruit. Also the metallic taste of mosaic carries over. Very tasty.

FEEL: well carbonated with a dry finish. Light to medium Bodied. Above-average carbonation. Dryness is a touch off-putting, but does keep you coming back for more.

Maybe a tad below fortunate Islands, but still very tasty.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly amber gold with a white head. Smells of hops, citrus, caramel, and malts. Taste follow the nose almost exactly with some alcohol. Medium in body and carbonation. Overall it's a great beer, but it doesn't taste, smell, or look like any amber I've ever had.

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Photo of 57md
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a color that is more copper and honey than red. The nose has a decent dose of dank hops. The hop bitterness is the feature note of this very drinkable offering. There is a nice dankness in the flavor profile but there is a piney essence, as well.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly cloudy amber body with good head and the aroma has a nice chunk of caramel malt and then a minor hoppiness with citric notes. Thicker, heavier than most amber ales, this is more of a slow malt heavy bready/caramel beer (not quite sweet) with balance from light, citric earthy hops and is pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sixteen ounce can copped from Pub 365 in Las Vegas. Pours a copper ruddy hue with minimal frothing. Mellow aroma replete with hints of caramel and citrus. Similar overall flavor profile.

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Photo of drtth
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The dark amber beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1 1/2" off white head that leaves patches, a ring and legs of lacing on the sides as it slowly recedes. Sipping leaves some nice arches of lacing and some small scattered patches of lacing.

The aromas are definitely noticeable and full of resin, citric (grapefruit) zest, along with some barely noticeable malt in the background. There also may be some tropical fruit hiding in the background along with some herbal character.

The flavors are all about the hops, there's the pine resin, the grapefruit zest, backed up by some very light touches of tropical fruits such as mango and pineapple. A light herbal character and the noticeable bitterness are a part of the mix. The barely noticeable bready malt backbone and the wee bit of sweetness it contributes are definitely here to support the hops and their flavors, not to conceal them or the bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and only slightly prickly from the light but persistent carbonation. The long finish begins as most other flavors start to fade while leaving the almost herbal bitterness to go on to an eventual dry finish.

On the whole this beer would be a hop head's dream since it effectively showcases the hop flavors and bitterness. I certainly would be willing to have another if I found it, especially if I could try it on tap. That said, it's probably not an Amber Ale I'd include in my regular rotation but only because my preferences in highly hopped beers are to have bit more malt backbone showing and mingling in with the hop flavors and bitterness.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Growler day after pour:
Pours an amber color - dark golden with a large fluffy head. Tight white bubbles thin out

A citrusy grassy and sever slightly so metallic nose.

The flavor is lightly grainy malt with a grassy bitterness. There's also a spice not unlike rye. Coming out of the fairly bold up front taste is citrus orange and grapefruit rind. Lively carbonation aids in the light biting nature of the beer.

This is an amber ale, but more on the golden side - making it almost more like a spicy and hoppy pale ale more than a red ale. That's good for me, and I ended up enjoying this more than I though I would.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into a weizen glass.

Clear amber. 3 fingers of rich billowy head. Lively carbonation.

Gooseberry, papaya, orange cream, honey, caramel, and mango.

Gooseberry, blueberry dank, mango, and papaya. Well balanced caramel and honey sweetness. Slight orange cream and pineapple smoothie.

Medium bodied, smooth, crisp, juicy, and lightly bitter.

Very juicy. Very drinkable. Highly affordable. Modern Times is good times!

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Photo of Samlover55
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can ino nonic pint
canned 4/28/17 about 7 weeks ago
L- clear amber, that has a bright & bold(?) look, big fluffy white head, that recedes into nice cap
S-mango & melon, along with sweet caramel
T- toasty & sweet caramel, followed by the melon, with a dank finish, that has a touch of alcohol
F- medium bodied, highly carbonated, slight alcohol feel
Overall an amazing amber, I would compare to Troegs Nugget Nectar, really balanced and flavorful can't ask for much more

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Photo of ajm5108
3.16/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Murky brownish-yellow pour, limp barm & carbonation. Aroma is essentially sweet malt with lots of resinuous, juicy hop - a little burnt candied orange, earthier simcoe. Flavor profile is much the same, though the hop selection doesn't stand-out much from that sweeter malt background & instead just tastes like they added a bunch of hop oil / distillate to an amber, which lends it a rather amorphous hop flavor. Finishes moderately bitter. It is okay but nothing special.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a rich amber with a solid head. The aroma is rich with red malts, pine, cedar, mango, pineapple, guava, brown sugar, lychee, and toffee. The flavor is pleasantly rich and hoppy, with upfront pine and mango, as well as caramel and red malts, guava, grilled pinapple, banana, and kiwi. The mouthfeel is full and soft, with small bubble carbonation. Overall this is a really lovely beer in a style I love - hop and malt balanced, with a tantalizing combo of flavors.

Cheers to my brother in law Ivan for bringing this from California when he came to visit!

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark gold/light amber body, clear, under a pale head that trailed lots of lace behind... Aromas and flavors were of dank pine and shellacked fruit... Had a great resinous tack to it, light-bodied, with enough malt to toss some grain on the palate... Nice, warming bitterness, hearty and earthy... Drank fast... 5/4/17 canning...

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to BWood for this brew.

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 04/28/17

Pours a pretty nice dark golden amber color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy two-finger off-white head, which also leaves some pretty nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, slight malt, citrusy, diesel like. The taste is really nice, hoppy, slightly malty, with a very nice citrus note, pretty nice diesel like. Medium body, ABV hidden very nicely, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a very tasty brew.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
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 +2.7%
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 -1.7%
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 +3.7%
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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