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Blazing World | Modern Times Beer

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Modern Times Beer
California, United States | website

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 SanFranJake
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

We don't get Modern Times distro'd in Marin County so finding this on Maui is a treat.
Not sure how fresh it is (16oz can poured into a basic ass glass) but there isn't one thing that I can point to that would render this beer anything less than outstanding/awesome. So it could be a week, a month or three months old. If more than a month, I might B my L in my P if I tried this fresh.
Dank, hoppy nose, a sexy golden hue, good creamy lacing and by damned if this isn't my favorite of the four MT beers I've tried while here on Maui.

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Photo of MisterGone
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

First new era can for me. All fears about metallic favors gone. As to this offering: amber is well described. So, too, hoppy. Tropicals in the nose, with some caramel backing. Taste gives way to standard bittering hop profile less so than some notes of citrus, pine, floral, tropical, etc. Pretty simple toasted grain sweetness balances the bitters.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.49/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Beachwood Seal Beach and served in a half pint as a warm-up for the bottle share. Slightly hazy orange to amber in color with a finger of khaki head that settles to a cap and leaves some patches of lace. Aroma is dank hops, grapefruit, pine, more tropical fruit, and a bit of an herbal note. The malt aroma features caramel and toasred bread. Taste is thoroughly dank and moderately bitter with the tropical fruit and caramel sweetness offering some balance early. Medium body, viscous texture, lower carbonation, and a long bitter finish.

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Photo of Stezz420
4.96/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Extra received in a trade. Was very happy to be able to try this.

Pours a copper amber color. Decent head on this one.

Mango and pineapple. Fruit punch.

Same as smell, more on the pineapple side though.

Beer seemed a little light and lost carbonation very quick in the can.

Overall this beer was still absolutely amazing and I would love to drink some more some time very soon if possible.

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Photo of FlakyBiscuit
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

So I received this beer via the NBS BIF thread, courtesy of @aoampm. What is so amazing about this beer is the smell. I'd say caramel and vanilla, pine with maybe a touch of honey. Very prominent smell and it is wonderful. One of the best smelling beers I have had in a long time. The beer was fresh (1/13/15) and exceptional. It is called an amber but it seems to be more of an IPA quality to me only because the hops are so abundant. However, there is plenty of vanilla and toffee sweetness in the taste. At just under 7% abv, it is not quite an imperial, I suppose. I love Nugget Nectar, a benchmark imperial Amber, but give me this over Nugget anytime Send more :)

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Photo of patre_tim
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper with no carbonation, not quite crystal clear and topped with 4 fingers of off white sea foam head.

S: Citrus, pine, menthol, medicinal, tropical fruit-specifically overripe pineapple, banana and jackfruit.

T: Wow. A huge punch of tropical and pine notes. I get pineapple and flowers like orchids and champas, jackfruit in there as well. A light sweetness balanced with a dull bitter note.

M: Very little carbonation, balance of sweet and dry resinous qualities.

O: Found this in Chiang Mai, drank in Kunming Feb 10th, 2015. A great brew. I’m sure it’s a little old and would have been even better fresh, still its holding out well.

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Photo of sgameroz
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't care what they call it, it's an IPA. It's amazingly hoppy for an "amber". A great, readily available beer you can always rely on. My new go-to for any day of the week.

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Photo of Raisingfable
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Slightly hazy cream soda-like appearance with abundant lacing, smelling of caramel sweet malt with a touch of honey and pine, tasting excellent balance between the pungent hop character and the elegant malt back, with good carbonation to compliment the lightly weighted mouthfeel.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

look-Color is a clearish tan, highly reminiscent of iced tea, pours a finger of white head that settles into a nice layer of foam that lasts awhile.
Smell-malty caramel at first, followed by a hoppy, piney whallop and booze in the finish.
Taste-Like the smell, malty notes of biscuit and faint caramel upfront, then comes earthy and piney hop notes. great contrast there. a touch of booze in the end but far from overpowering.
Feel-Medium bodied, carbonation is subtle, very juicy in the finish.
Overall- very nice beer, unique and well balanced. it isn't something i would run to buy again but its tasty and satisfying, definitely worth giving a shot.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of gatornation
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a hazy copper brown color with a tan creamy head nice lacing as you sip this brew
S-citrus fruit hops with caramel and toffee
T-dank hops with pine and tangerine citrus notes with nice toffee and caramel to finish
M-creamy smooth with a dank resin hop medium carbonation
O-this brew is one you just keep on sipping and the pint is gone really great brew

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Photo of daisyapplegirl
4.92/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer has a very unassuming can design. I wasn't familiar with the brand and didn't expect too much (yes, I judged the book by its cover.) Took a sip and thought... hey, that's a lot better than I expected - didn't think I should rate it so high because anything is great coming from very low expectation. After a few sips, I put the beer down and THEN it hits me. The citrusy hop flavor lingers... for a long time. It just begs for another sip then another and made me really sad when the can is gone.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
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 SomethingClever
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into nonic pint

A: Almost a creamy looking tight head Hazy Amber looks like good carbonation to it

S: Very hoppy stone fruits lots of Carmel toffee

T: This is dank it's lusciously hoppy with nice citrus undertones and then just a wave of smooth Carmel malts but none of the sweetness you would expect from an Amber ale very bready but so hoppy

M: medium nothing to much in the mouthfeel it's pretty smooth but with a little bite

O: This beer is flat out fantastic it combines juicy hop flavors with deep Carmel bready malts it just hits everything perfectly it may be a tad unbalanced towards the hoppy side but it is delightful.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dank, resiny aroma! Taste follows with some piney hoppiness. Mouthfeel is light medium with prickly carbonation. Not much bitterness. Overall tasty brew.

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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a tulip

A. Pours a nice dark amber brown with a 2 finger foamy head.

S. Sweet bready malts and a little banana do the nose.

T. Backing up the nose flavors of sweet malt come out with a tropical hop presence to acomapany the palate. Slight bitterness.

M. Medium bodied with a nice carbonation the liners after the swallow. Finishes clean.

O. A nice amber with some IPA charteristics. Enjoyable beer. Would definitely drink again

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.58/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pour is dark copper, clear, white head, large bubbles and lacing. Nose is riddled with sweet malts, toasted grains, candied hops, faint citrus. Flavor is thin, very malty, lots of toasted caramel, bitter grassy hops, faint citrus. Medium body, lighter carb,

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Photo of breadwinner
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love a good hoppy red, and this one fits the bill to a tee, though it's not quite as deep red and rich as the best of the bunch (i.e., Marble Red, Bear Republic Red Rocket, etc.) One of MT's original brews and probably the one I've liked best, even after all the seasonals and one-offs they've put out. True to the can's description, this thing is dank, green, (especially so in the wonderful nose, which pairs those dank/herbal notes with a dash of pine and maybe a hint of some Nelson-y oriented fruit) and with a just present enough malt base that plays a minor role to the big hop wallop. Well done.

(Updating this: sadly, as has become the case way too often for me w/ Modern Times these days, this brew is way too inconsistent to warrant recommendation. At its best, it still packs a nice, dank punch, but lately marked vegetal notes keep popping up, and it makes the weak malt base more apparent. Approach with caution.)

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at Stone in the airport. 16 oz can, no date. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Slightly cloudy medium amber, head is slightly off white with very good retention.

S: Excellent fruity hop aroma. One of the best I've smelled in a while.

T: Amazing hop flavor with a great malt backbone. Finishes unbelievably clean.

M: Mouthfeel is a little thick, but it also feels surprisingly crisp.

O: Maybe this beer was so good because it was fresh, nevertheless, it is one of the best hoppy ambers I've had in a long time.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can obtained on trade from Dr. N. Arres in the SoCal, unknown brewing/canning date; poured into my The Bruery/Urge Gastropub "Rue the Day" full bottom snifter; drank over 30 minutes

A: 3/3 - amber-brown coloration; high clarity (can both read and see through); initial eggshell white head heady resolves into a 1/4 finger lacing; mixed size carbonation with lacking; moderate alcohol legs

S: 10/12 - moderate passionfruit, gooseberry, white grape, peach, grapefruit and dank; mild bready/biscuity character; moderate alcohol; no diacetyl, no DMS

T: 16/20 - moderate hop bitterness up front that is followed by fruity and vinous charzter; in the middle of the palate, the flavor profile continues with citrus/grapefruit and dank; on the back end, there is a slight bready sweetness but finishes classic WC IPA dry; some warming alcohols linger

M: 4/5 - moderate body; slick, palate-filling hop oils; moderate carbonation

O: 8/10 - solid amber ale that I'd put up there with Troegs Nugget Nectar; moderate fruity and vinous aroma with some balancing malt and alcohol; however, I expected more with a hop profile of Nelson Sauvin, Mosaic and Simcoe but still hits hard; recommended

TOTAL - 41/50

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Photo of anon
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

For my 300th beer rating I thought I'd give this one a shot.

Pours an orangeish-almost-copper colour. More so like a dark IPA than that of an amber ale..

Big hop aroma on the nose with lots of fruit shining through. Very nice. More fruity than piney. Same goes through in the taste. Not overly bitter. Great balance with the malts makes this real easy drinking. Light carbonation with a small head with little retention throughout. Feels like an IPA more than an amber to me.

Overall I'd definitely pick up another pack of this to enjoy on a nice cool day outside.

Stickiest of the icky.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can, poured into a pink, no canning date

A- pours a golden orange color with some amber hue, small creamy white head retains long after the pour, leaving some sticky lace behind

S- big bready & malty aroma up front with hints of caramel, dough & yeast. Tropical fruity hop aromas with some spicy notes as well

T- hops are more prominent on the flavor with a big boost of tropical hop flavors of passionfruit, pineapple, mango & citrus. Big malty backbone gives doughy/bready caramel flavors and balances the hops quite nicely. Slightly sweet finish, with more tropical fruit on the linger

M- medium body with low-but creamy carbonation leads to a velvety mouthfeel and a smooth finish, highly drinkable

O- a very well balanced amber that packs loads of flavor, while remaining remarkable drinkable

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%

Thanks to grze for hooking up the tulip and an array of cans...enjoyed from said modern times tulip.

a - brew pours a deep transparent amber with nice highlights and a frothy head that leaves chunky streaks of lace.

s - nose is of an amber beer hopped through the roof with tropical citrus. Crisp. Right for this time of year.

t/m/o - taste is of amber slapped with a variety of dank citric and tropical flavored hop. You can definitely get the amber underneath the hop and it's clean soft caramel toffee. Fairly heavy, but a mean amber. Happy to have a few of these...ideal for this cooling weather.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very hazy copper color with a hint of amber. Super fine/dense tan head. A think but complete layer remains across the surface after 5 minutes. Fantastic lacing bleeds down into a thick outer ring. 4.75

S - Lots of grapefruit rind, a hint of pine but mostly resinous/rindy grapefruit 4.25

T - Bitterness and pine slowly transitions to citrusy grapefruit notes, finish is mostly dry is where this one is at the height of its bitterness. Quite resinous but a sweet grapefruit and caramel backbone balance this sucker off wonderfully. Aftertaste doesnt linger too long and is quite palatable 4.5

M - Pretty ideal, mediumish bodied, solid carbonation, ideal. 4.75

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received a four pack of this beer in trade with BA Black_Rider. Enjoyed out of a 16 oz can with no packaging or enjoy by date that I can seem to find. Poured into a Speigelau IPA-specific glass, because even though this one isn't an IPA, I can tell just by popping the top that it is extremely hop forward.

Appearance (4.25) - Pretty standard American Amber appearance initially, with a tawny rust-colored reddish clay hue, some haziness that seems mostly to be from the chill, rather than any large contingent of particulate. Atop the body sits a massive three fingers of off-white foam, tight knit bubbles except for a few slightly larger outliers. The consistency is dense and creamy looking. Retention is excellent, and there are mottled swaths of lace left on the side of the glass as I drink it down.

Smell (4.5) - Wow. The cacophony of aromas in this glass is impressive, with a huge presence of citrus in the vein of orange zest and light grapefruit pith blending seamlessly alongside more herbal notes of pine and resin. Beneath it all is the malt base, with notes of wheat cracker and toasted whole grain peeking through the hop salad. The malt is just enough to prevent this one from becoming nothing but hop aromas, but also manages to stay out of the way, although that sounds a tad contradictory, I suppose. I'd hesitate to call this balanced, as the hops clearly are leading the parade, but the grains are certainly a featured player.

Taste ( 4.25) - While not as mind-blowing as the aroma, this is still a wonderful tasting beer. As with the aroma, the hops really steal the show here, with lots of citrus and herbal characteristics, including (but not limited to), grapefruit, orange zest, pine, and perhaps some sweet pineapple that I didn't pick up from the aroma. And again, the malt resolves to be included in this part as well. The Munich malt provides a nice underlying bready sweetness that interacts quite well with the more pungent and, for lack of a better word, dank hop profile.

Mouthfeel (4.25) - Bright and lively on the palate, with medium body and a moderate-to-high level of carbonation. Oddly, sometimes ambers seem to be a bit heavy--not in the same way your traditional imperial stouts and big barleywines are--but lethargic on my palate, and this one defies that completely, with a juicy, bright feel.

Overall (4.25), this is easily my favorite "hoppy amber", out of the several I've had and it's certainly Modern Times' best beer. Some may quibble over the idea that it's an amber at all, since the hop profile is extremely aggressive, but I think there is just enough grain and bready sweetness to keep this one grounded in the style as much as any hoppy amber can be considered to be an amber ale. I really wish I could pick this one up on the regular in my neck of the woods.

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Blazing World from Modern Times Beer
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