Being a beer reviewer, it was really criminal that I hadn’t yet tried a Modern Times beer, so when a few of them were available in small quantities at The Foodery nearby, I jumped on the chance.
City of the Sun, a West Coast IPA, pours a golden yellow with heavy haze.
The head on this is already a good sign, short, creamy, bright white foam with excellent retention. I love watching it settle, taking in the enchanting aromas of this beer.
Melons, mangoes and over-ripe pineapples combine with malty notes underneath. It’s dank and piney, with very light floral notes.
Flavor has more of a citrus lean, lemons and limes with hints of pineapple, melon, and other tropical fruits. Over all this has some incredible hop complexity, but never leaving the strong malty backbone behind.
This is a medium-bodied beer, with middle-of-the-road carbonation. Just right. Soft, creamy and smooth with a growing boozy warmth in the slightly dry finish, fruity notes lingering after. Wonderfully balanced IPA with some bite.
I’m in love. I can’t wait to try more from Modern Times, because if this beer was any indication, their reputation is well-deserved.
- Style: India Pale Ale
- ABV: 7.6%
- IBU: 85
- Rating: 4.7/5
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