type: hoppy amber ale
origin: San Diego, CA
price: $10/4-pack 16oz
Modern Times hasn’t been around for too long, but they’re certainly off to an impressive start. They’ve just begun releasing their products in cans (a perfect 16oz size) and their tasting room is poised to be a great place to drink at.
You may have noticed the general lack of respect for amber ale around these parts, but that’s only because none of them taste this delicious. It toes the line closer to a red IPA, but it is most definitely not one, even with the ABV, IBU, and wonderfully hoppy aromas to back it up. The base has plenty of flavor and complexity, the body is absolutely perfect, and it’s a bit on the dry side; this means that once you’re through with a can you think, “well shit, how about another?!” And my jeebus is it pretty to look at: A rich amber with a nice cream/tan colored head. This is dangerous stuff right here, so try not to finish the whole 4-pack before dinner. It’s safe to say this is easily my favorite hoppy amber ale.
I like the idea of useful information on the can, and these guys apparently do too. After seeing Dave Chappelle recently, I would like to say that while I agree that this is ‘the stickiest of the icky’, please do not shout it out during his standup: he hates that, and so did I.