Modern Times ‘Blazing World’ Amber IPA


65303018_1117813648402779_6039606062724677632_n“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.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Bold amber with excellent clarity. The pour arouses a two finger head which persists and sheds an intricate lace on its way down.

Aroma: Super dank! Quite a sturdy malt structure here – it’s sweet and chewy but the dank and fruity hops have enough to counteract it. So much caramel and toffee…almost a hint of cedarwood while the hops throw some weedy, piney, resinous and at times spicy characters at us. As we delve deeper we pick up slightly stewed fruits and some bready accents. Some real good depth on it.

Flavour: As anticipated there’s a hefty sweet malt base. It’s not cloying but they’re certainly flirting with it….they can thank the dank and fruity hop profile for that! Getting a fair bit of orange citrus i.e tangerine, ruby grapefruit and tangelo as it opens up. It forms a nice citric bitterness late in the piece but it’s always balanced by the chewy and sweet caramel malts.

Mouthfeel: There’s a steady weight to it, not too light not too heavy. Mild-ish co2 and a well concealed IBU (60) and AbV (6.8%).

Overall: Despite the bang on balance and all round perfect nature of the beer there’s just something we’re not totally fond of. It’s not a nauseous feeling but something isn’t sitting right. Weird! Can’t pan it though coz it’s quite a decent drop.