Modern Times Hoppy Dank Amber

This is my third beer from this brewer, and the other two have been absolutely fantastic. Are they setting themselves up for the great fall? Well, if anyone really relied on my opinions in this blog maybe that would matter. But, for now, I'm just gonna drink this beer and write down what I think of it. That's what this blog is about, and that's what I'm gonna do.

The aroma hits hard right out of the gate. It hits with the on-the-label dankness with the malt and a high note of tropical hops. The color is a very deep amber - a lot darker than I'm used to amber beers. There's very little head, and that's pretty much par for the course, but I kind of expected the hops to make the beer retain the froth a little longer. The smattering of patchy bubbles is good for an amber, though.

First sip is that very dank, heavy malt with a bit of caramel on the outsides and the hops dusting with floral and tropical samples of their wares. It's a strange world where an amber beer has this much flavor packed into it, and I'm not really sure that dank was the way to go with an amber, but I don't judge on a sip alone.

Tip-in is bready malt with the dank kept away with a stick. Instead, the bread and caramel dominate the tropical and floral hops. The middle is a sudden hit of carbonation stinging with the dank overcoming the bread and caramel, but the hops are mixing in nicely to tame the beast well. The middle is much, much better than I expected it to be. The finish is a sharp dank and carbonation hit before the bitterness smacks the mouth and stomps away.

Bottom Line: Daunting but rewarding.



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