Modern Times Beer Space Ways – American IPA at 6.7% ABV | 40 IBU

Modern Times Beer Space Ways – American IPA at 6.7% ABV | 40 IBU (C$4.72 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 20-Nov-2020, acquired 23-Apr-2021, reviewed 24-Apr-2021)

Appearance: hazy pale gold with two fingers of rocky pale ivory head, excellent retention and heavy soapy lacing. (5/5) Aroma: citrus flesh & oily zest, stone fruit, white grape, bready malt, mild earthy pine. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (8/10) Palate: smooth medium body, moderate carbonation, lingering bitter finish. (4/5)

I guess I’m just as happy I didn’t look at the packaging date before buying this one, because it would have been a dilemma. Come on, guys, does it really take five months (!) to get to Calgary from San Diego? Now my dilemma is merely in trying to assess how badly this has faded in its time in the can… (On the other hand, the stamp also said “SAY HER NAME” so being the bleeding heart liberal I am I’d’ve felt a bit of an obligation to support them in any case.) Hopped with Nelson Sauvin, Motueka, and Simcoe; malts are 2 row, wheat malt, and oats; yeast is London III. I don’t much believe the brewer claim of only 40 IBU, since it feels more like 60+ to me, but at least it isn’t bland. I want to say the Nelson character has faded a little, since the aroma is dominated by an oily lime/citrus instead of the grape must I normally expect, but then again it’s not single-hopped. And you certainly can’t accuse it of being boring! (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze