Saturday, September 24, 2016

Modern Times Protocosmos IPA

Beer Name: Protocosmos
Brewery: Modern Times Beer (San Diego, CA)
ABV: 7.0%
How sold: 22 oz bottles; on draft
Where bought: Craft Shack (San Diego, CA)  ****bought online
Price: $7.99 for 22 oz. bottle

Date Bought: August 10, 2016
Date Received: August 19, 2016
Date Opened: August 21, 2016
When brewed/released? Monthly Special Release for July. Check out their beer release calendar here!
IBU: 90

What's on the Bottle/Website: "Protocosmos combines the crazy, fruity awesomeness of Australian Galaxy hops with the bright, citrusy qualities of American Ahtanum & Centennial hops. The dry, cracker-like malt body is super-saturated with hop flavor & aroma, allowing you to revel in the diggity dankness of these absurdly expensive hops without any sweetness to harsh your mellow. Protocosmos is named after an insane underground world described by Casanova (yup, that one) featuring multi-colored humanoids, strangely small flying horses, and fruit-eating serpents." Read more here!

Where distributed: As of August 2016, Modern Times distributes their beer in California and Hawaii. See if Modern Times ships to your area!

Appearance (5%): Poured slightly hazy golden into a pint glass. Frothy white head. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): On first pour, it was mostly floral aroma, with complementing tropical and slight dank notes. As the beer got warmer and stayed in the glass, more awesome tropical dankness emerged. 4.25/5

Taste (40%): Hop-forward, with some dankness swooping in. The tropical hits about halfway through the sip. Getting orange, pineapple, mango, and peach. Love the flavor. Slightly dry aftertaste, although the orange citrus happily lingers without getting overly bitter. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, some carbonation. Can get dry on the tongue. Fortunately, the citrus also sticks around. It doesn't get too bitter for me (it's more orange citrusy than anything else), but others may feel the 90 IBUs. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): An excellent IPA. Modern Times comes through yet again. I figure salsa and chips would pair well with this if it gets too dry for the tongue. For me, this gets the nod over Booming Rollers. I've previously said to friends that 7% is around the ideal ABV where you get the great IPA flavor, without too much octane and malt getting in the way. People love it on BeerAdvocate (90) and RateBeer (96). For the quality, it's a fairly good deal at about $7.99 per bomber. When the beer is available again, I'd recommend getting a bottle. 4.5/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.413/5

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