City Of The Sun
Modern Times Beer

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Modern Times Beer
California, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #195
Ranked #3,757
4.17 | pDev: 7.43%
Feb 09, 2022
Sep 13, 2013
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4.25 by AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts on Feb 09, 2022
4.25 by ilikebeer03 from Texas on Sep 03, 2020
4.5 by TallGuyCM from California on Jun 12, 2020
4.25 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Mar 30, 2020
4.24 by fthegiants from California on Feb 14, 2020
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3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by stevoj from Idaho

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
3.75 by rare_bird from Michigan on Dec 02, 2019
4.25 by mcthfg from Korea (South) on Oct 27, 2019
4 by grapeshops from California on Oct 10, 2019
3.75 by jimpyle48 from Virginia on Aug 09, 2019
4 by Shy5 from Oregon on Jul 25, 2019
4.25 by Satsuma from Florida on Jul 15, 2019
4.09 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida on Jun 14, 2019
4.05 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Jun 14, 2019
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3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

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
4.5 by Keeling from California on May 22, 2019
4.12 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on May 16, 2019
4 by Mantooth from North Carolina on May 11, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

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
4.25 by bdiiorio from Connecticut on May 01, 2019
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2.65/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
by Beer_Right_Back from Arizona

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
4.02 by buzzy from Pennsylvania on Apr 29, 2019
4.03 by kbrown from Ohio on Apr 25, 2019
3.65 by onewayboogie from California on Apr 25, 2019
3.9 by jak from North Carolina on Apr 15, 2019
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3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by HalfFull from California

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
4.25 by Marvicsin from California on Mar 24, 2019
4.49 by jpbrooklyn from New Jersey on Mar 24, 2019
4.17 by TheWolf from Delaware on Mar 23, 2019
4.18 by StanleysCup from Maryland on Mar 20, 2019
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3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
by q33jeff from New Jersey


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
4.1 by ghasting from Washington on Mar 14, 2019
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4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

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
4 by hypnotoad1 from Virginia on Mar 12, 2019
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4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

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
4.05 by ArnoldBlumenthal from Maryland on Feb 24, 2019
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4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Smakawhat from Maryland

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
3.99 by LeftHanded666 from New York on Feb 23, 2019
4.09 by tobelerone from New Jersey on Feb 23, 2019
3.87 by Pearlstreetbrewingco from Florida on Feb 23, 2019
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