City Of The Sun
Modern Times Beer

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #100
ABV:
7.6%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,191
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 7.42%
Reviews:
123
Ratings:
564
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stevoj from Idaho

3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Taster at Interstate (Vegas). Smooth and creamy. Mild hoppy aroma and taste. Light and unassuming, lingering bitterness and sticky palate. Classic IPA notes with a silky feel.

Feb 08, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Given all of my success during New CANned Modern Twin Peak Evil Times Beer Sunday (Week 744), I have now switched to What Beer Are You Drinking Now (WBAYDN) #2,410! I have relocated to CAN Diego, CA! The CANQuest (tm) is getting a good workout.

From the CAN: "Hoppy * Juicy IPA"; "Employee Owned"; "This Beer Is Vegan"; "5 SRM/Gold 75 IBU 1.010 Final Gravity"; "
MOSAIC • MOTUEKA • DENALI [-] Hops TWO ROW • WHEAT • CARAVIENNE [-] Malts"; "City of the Sun is a ridiculously awesome IPA loaded with sticky, fruity new wave hops redolent of melon, lime, and citrus notes. The flavor is as complex as it is powerful, featuring a rounded bitterness and a powerfully tropical hop character, backed by a dry but supportive malt backbone. City of the Sun is named after a 17th Century work of crackpot utopian fiction that describes a sun-worshipping theocracy featuring the common ownership of children, goods, and partners, with a rigid system of (super hot) group mating."

I beCAN with a Crack! of the vent, followed by a slow, gentle C-Line Glug. It foamed up nicely, forming two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with very good retention. Color was a hazy Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose was more like tropical fruit salad than an AIPA. Man, they stole the word "redolent" from me, but it definitely applied in this case! The Mosaic hops were front and center on the nose. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was actually more in line with their verbiage and MUCH more tasty that I had girded myself for based on the nose. I definitely got melon & lime in juxtaposition to the tropical sweetness of the Mosaic hops. Thank goodness! The flavors actually meshed really nicely, although I could have used a bit more bitterness. Finish was semi-dry and I would have been more of a fan had it not been for the inherent lack of bitterness. YMMV.

May 28, 2019
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Golden hue with a lacy head and a hazy translucence

S: Citrus, bread, and melon rind on the nose

T: Bitter hops all through. A little bit of tropicals, but mostly citrus, melons, and malt

F - Good weight, body, and carbonation

O: Quite decent brew which feels like an easy drinker - but beware!

May 08, 2019
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Beer_Right_Back from Arizona

2.65/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A middling IPA in most regards, this beer doesn't have enough juicy hop flavor. It does have an interesting almost brett-like yeasty character, but other than that, nothing to write home about.

May 01, 2019
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HalfFull from California

3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single from Trader Joe's, canned on 1/19, so about 60 days old, hmmm.

Poured into a wine glass from a 16 oz. can. Pour is slightly hazed and sports a decent cap of foam, rich golden in color. Nose is of tropical hops, citrus, mango and a hint of garlic/shallot.

Taste follows with a light bitterness and some citrus fruit and remote onion notes. Fairly soft on the palate with a touch of hop spice, yet rather neutral overall.

Finish is so so and a bit boring. Garlic notes on the hop front are well balanced so as to be subtle vs in your face. Will seek a fresher version but not worth the premium.

Mar 24, 2019
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

**
03/15/19

can to pint glass.


LOOK: Bright mostly clear gold. Decent white head. Nice retention.

AROMA: perfume, orange.

TASTE: citrus, perfume, hairspray.

FEEL: medium body.

**

Mar 16, 2019
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TooManyGlasses from Canada

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Single can from Trader Joe’s in San Diego. Pours a uniform hazy golden orange with 2 fingers of tight off white head.
Aroma is wonderfully tropical sweet with over ripe orange, pineapple, mango, caramel malt - beguiling funky tropical.
Taste caramel malt, mango, tangerine, hint of grapefruit - sweet over rides the balanced hoppy bitterness which is present but understated with honey notes.
Mouthfeel is moderately full - some resinous effect at a pleasant bittersweet finish.

Mar 14, 2019
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a lightly hazed burnt orange with a one finger white head. Good amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is grapefruit, orange peel and bready malts.

T - The taste is tangerine, orange peel, mango, bready malts and light piney hops.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - Pretty solid IPA. The flavors are nice and bright. Super easy drinking at 7.6%.

Mar 12, 2019
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Canned Jan 26th 2019.

Deep orange body, with a light copper hue. Slightly hazy, but mostly fairly clear in the body appearance. Big fistful producing head, that actually settles fairly quickly with island lacing and a real fine creamy like look. Off white, not quite yellow but not bleach in color either. Nice looking IPA.

Real nice juicy hop aroma mixing of fruit tropical notes and thick gum drop like candy flavors. Real impressive hop fruit mix of citrus and tropics that has a great gummy sensing flavor on the nose. Everything else is pretty neutral as far as malt and yeast, making for a one note experience but it is a stellar one out of the park at least.

Palate is a classic hop joy. Juicy rich mouthfeel, making an almost honey like feel and mouthflavor. The sweetness is just perfectly dialed in making this brew like a liquid hop rush. Thick amounts of gummy bitter hops, with a light touch of honey malt sweetness permeates the tongue just everywhere. Big amounts of tangerine and cantaloupe like melon just bursting everywhere.

Love me some Modern Times. Glad to see them still cranking out more great beers like this one.

Feb 23, 2019
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can. Pours orange. Smells of fruity hops, melon and such, and sweet pale malt. Tastes akin to the nose. Very fruity up front. Light tingling of piney hops, but the back end is sweet melon. Low bitterness, at least compared to the malt profile, which is on the sweeter side. Not bad, but not something I'd pick up again.

Feb 17, 2019
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz, canned on 12/19/2018. Slightly hazy deep golden colored body with a foamy & sticky off-white head. Juicy and fruity aroma hinting at peach, lemon-lime, mint, mango, and caramel malt. Juicy and tropical fruit flavors of mango, orange, peach, lime, caramel, grain, and a bit if mint. Full body, creamy yet resinous, bitterness is mild yet enough to build on the palate a bit; semi-dry finish. Very good flavors and also very refreshing. I'd seek this out next time I come to California.

Feb 13, 2019
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Roguer from Georgia

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, hoppy, and juicy all around: this IPA closes in on NE IPA territory, not quite hitting the mark in terms of mouthfeel, but definitely borrowing the hazy appearance.

Hops are moderately dank, with a nice presentation of the pale malt bill; at 7.6%, this is approaching DIPA territory, and it shows through nicely.

Very drinkable; lively, if not creamy, and easy to drink.

Feb 13, 2019
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

$ 4.47 (Including shipping)/16 oz can ($ 0.279) from Tavour, Seattle, WA. Reviewed 2/6/19.
“Canned On 11/27/18” stamped on bottom of can. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.25.
Body – Gold, hazy and opaque. When held to the light, gold and translucent with large lumps on the bottom.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.5 cm, aggressive center pour), off-white, dense with a few rocks, above average retention, slooowly diminishing to an irregular four to seventeen mm lacy ring and a thin complete layer with rocky islands.
Lacing – Very Good - Thick bands of tiny to medium bubbles, with massive stalactites.
First pour – Light yellow, clear.
Aroma – 4 – Citrus and tropical fruits and zest.
Flavor – 4.5 - Begins with citrus and melds into generic melon, most like canary melon. At the end, the malt backbone becomes noticeable. Overall dry and lightly bitter. No alcohol (7.6% ABV) flavor. No diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, watery, lively carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 4.25 – Yet another excellent brew from Modern Times! My few experiences with their brews have been above average to very good, with their IPAs holding up well. This is no exception – still juicy and melony after two months in the can. Makes me want to go to San Diego and have some fresh off the bright tanks.

Feb 06, 2019
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap.

A - Pours a very hazy dark orange gold color with thin dense lacing and low carbonation. Clarity is borderline opaque but the room I'm currently in leand more on the dimmer side.

S - Peach, mango, and orange.

T - Lots of orange citrus from start to finish with some orange rind, some juicy tang, and finishes with a balanced citrus sweetness.

M - Medium body.

O - A nice juicy IPA!

Feb 01, 2019
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spelingchampeon from Delaware

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 10-31-18 into 16oz IPA
L: Think orange, cloudy. Off white, light head.. little lacing.
S: Orange citrus. Dryness engulfs the aroma.
T: Orange base, mango, a tad floral.
F: Mid-medium. Carbonation is at the front of a smooth finish. Moderate bitterness.. no lingering after-bite. While this has a wet feel to it, there is quite a bit of dryness throughout.
O: Another very good all-around brew from MT.

Dec 18, 2018
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice, juicy, delicious IPA that lived up to its high praise. Pours a light yellow-orange, gloriously hazy color with some nice fluffy white head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells of loads of fruity and piney hops, along with some malt and vanilla. Tastes of tropical fruit - orange, mango, papaya, pineapple, tangerine, passionfruit, lemon - as well as weaker piney and floral hops, vanilla creaminess, bread and a great malt backbone. Nice and smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel and very good carbonation. An outstanding beer and I will have to try more from this brewery.

Dec 14, 2018
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: pours dark golden, can’ see through it. Finger of white head
A: sweet citrus but mild, it doesn’t jump out of the glass.
T: the citrus is up front and all the way through. Not a huge flavor but solid
F: smooth and easy drinking.

Dec 09, 2018
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice IPA with a slightly hazy appearance and a big head. The aroma is dank, piney and with a nice sweet floral note. The taste is sticky piney and with a nice melon-like sweetness. The bitterness is very restrained but definitely offering a nice balance. Mild carbonation and a pretty full mouthfeel. An amazing beer.

Mar 30, 2018
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow with heavy haze. Poured with a short, creamy, bright white foam with excellent retention. Sweet fruity aromas of melon, mango and over-ripe pineapple with malty notes beneath. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Soft, creamy smooth feeling into the middle and growing warmth to the finish. Mellow, sweet, tropical flavors of papaya, mango, and pineapple with a solid malt base. Medium, mellow bitterness through the middle followed by fleshy tropical fruit flavors and slowly expanding booziness to the end. Finished with sweet fruit flavors and a light, prickly, boozy edge. Fabulous hop complexity balanced by a strong malty backbone. Feel was fantastic and the boozy heat was friendly and welcoming. This was fabulous.

Mar 24, 2018
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into an Imperial nonic.

Appearance
Lightly hazy golden blonde. Hop oils suspended throughout. Rich, creamy head.

Nose
Honey, melon, passion fruit, lime, blueberry, dank, and wintergreen.

Taste
Passion fruit, honeydew melon, and lime. Wintergreen and dank. Slight watermelon and strawberry. Firm caramel and honey maltiness. Finishes with bitter pine and a tropical linger.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, oily, dry, and moderately bitter.

Overall
A modern West Coast IPA with new school hops. Tropical, bitter, and dry.

Mar 23, 2018
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can purchased 3/17/18 and consumed the same day. No date, but seemed fresh.

L: Some haze, orange-gold. 1F head with decent retention, and some lacing.

S: Nice citrus and tropical notes.

T: Citrus and tropical with a very solid malt backbone that adds rather than detracts. Quite a west coast style.

F: Moderate/medium feel, light carbonation. Good construction and balance.

O: Had heard quite a bit about this over the years. It's a very, very junior Pliny the Younger, but that's not a bad thing.

Mar 20, 2018
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augustgarage from California

4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 12/20/2017, so not at the very peak of freshness, but still reasonable. Things clearly change quickly in the world of IPAs, as "experimental hop 05256" has since been named "Eureka!"

Poured from a tall boy into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Slightly hazy (much more so if you dump the very bottom of the can into your glass) mango body with a lasting finger of magnolia foam. Bubble bath lacing with superior retention.

Sweet, indeed juicy aroma suffused with tropical and citrus character - the Motueka seems to be doing the most work in the nose.

Faintly spicy/minty but with strong grapefruit, kumquat, and lime notes on the palate entry. Hints of guava and candied fruit as the flavors evolve into a medium, bubble-gum-kissed finish. The crystal malt and wheat lend a touch of toast, brightness, and residual sweetness as well, though the hops are front and center throughout. Pleasant, lasting bitterness, very faintly warming from the alcohol which prevents you from guzzling.

Creamy, medium bodied, with a gentle crispness as well.

A superior example of the contemporary American IPA.

Mar 08, 2018
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DavidR_9 from California

4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 1/14
Hazy good orange body. Lots of fluffy white head, clings to the glass.

Not a super strong nose but there’s some lime, mango, pineapple, and kiwi. Familiar malted wheat sweetness and edge.

Flavor is more citrusy and lime centric with hints of pineapple, melon and some more tropical fruit. Acidic fruitiness midway through paired with a restrained malt bill carrying some of that wheat crispness.

Frothy, pillowy mouthfeel. Nice medium dry finish with lingering fruity notes and a medium intensity bitterness.

I appreciate this beer being juicy but still bringing some hop bitterness upfront and on the finish. Fairly strong for an IPA at 7.6%. Hides the abv really well

Mar 02, 2018
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A heavenly glow accompanies the golden shade of this beer's body. The head is a stubby 1.5 fingers but as it recedes it leaves legs like no other.

Aromas of fresh cut oranges, sliced pineapple, open-face grapefruit, and lightly toasted bread.

Flavor follows suit wonderfully. Juicy, freshly peeled orange. A chunk of grapefruit. Nice hint of Mosaic hop pellet. Finish of orange juice and hop resin.

Feel is crisp and smooth, with a creamy underbelly that continues to wash over the palate.

Overall, this beer is freaking fantastic. Might be my favorite Modern Times beer ever.

Feb 10, 2018
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brewerburgundy from California

3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Medium hazed burnished brass with a white head that laces excellently.

Melon, tropical, kiwi, Mosaic with a twist.

Medium body with medium carb.

Very good tropical ipa.

Jan 26, 2018
City Of The Sun from Modern Times Beer
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 564 ratings