Saturday, February 4, 2017

Modern Times Aurora Red Rye IPA

Beer Name: Aurora
Brewery: Modern Times Beer (San Diego, CA)
ABV: 6.7%
How sold: 16 oz tallboy cans; on draft
Where bought: Craft Shack (San Diego, CA)  ****bought online
Price: $3.49 for 16 oz. tallboy can

Date Canned: September 13, 2016
Date Bought: October 25, 2016
Date Received: October 31, 2016
Date Opened: November 20, 2016
When brewed/released? Fall seasonal release, found September through November. Check out their beer release calendar here!
IBU: 75

What's on the Can/Website: "Aurora is a 6.7% ABV red rye IPA loaded with Equinox, Centennial, Horizon, and Experimental Hop 07270. This pungent, complex IPA marries the spicy malt character of rye with the fruity dankness of new wave American hops. Aurora pours a gorgeous ruby red, making it the perfect IPA for Fall (if it ever comes to San Diego)." Read more here!

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

Appearance (5%): Poured amber-colored into a pint glass. Held up to the light at eye level, it's more a dark golden. Frothy off-white to light tan head. Trace lacing on the glass. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): Mostly tropical fruit (grapefruit) and slight stone fruit (peach and apricot) and citrus qualities. Mouth-watering to me. 4.75/5

Taste (40%): Immediate tropical and citrus from start to finish. Follows the nose. Citrus peel bitterness and rye then come in. Loving this. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, some carbonation. Sticky and slightly dry on the tongue. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): An outstanding IPA. I've become more and more a fan of Modern Times after trying many different beers from them. $3.49 may be pushing it for some people, but I'd pay for this again. I truly would pick just about any of their IPAs as a wonderful go-to option. If you're an IPA lover, Modern Times Beer is a must-have. 4.5/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.538/5

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