Modern Times Aurora
Brewed by: Modern Times Beer
Beer Classification and Specs
- Style: IPA, Amber/Red
- Variation: American
- Seasonal: September – November
- ABV: 6.7%
- IBU: 75
Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients
Aurora prominently features a couple of new wave American hops: Equinox & 07270. Equinox offers both pungent tropical fruit and rare dankness; 07270 is like the offspring of an orange & a pinecone. We’ve married that remarkable hop combination with a rye-heavy malt bill, giving Aurora a spicy, ready backbone to support its heavy hop load. A gorgeous deep ruby hue makes this a real purdy beer in the glass. Drink it with your eyes.
Hops: Equinox, Centennial, Horizon, Experimental Hop 07270
Malts: Two Row, Crystal Rye, Crystal 40, Crystal 60
More Modern Times Aurora Images
Artwork: Follows the Modern Times Beer can branding with maroon font, and black / rust / maroon racing stripes.
Color: 22 SRM. Deep ruby red.
Aroma: Caramel and bread, dusting of tropical fruit.
Arrived in: 16oz. Can
Served in: Official Modern Times tulip
Modern Times Beer has been crushing it all year long with their epic “2015 Calendar of Dankness” releases. We have always been suckers for rye or black IPAs, so we had really been looking forward to September, when Aurora – Red • Rye • IPA dropped. Now that Aurora has arrived, we cannot stop drinking it. Not quite up to our level of obsession with their springtime Booming Rollers, but that’s a discussion for another time.
Much like their year round offering, Blazing World, Aurora is another red/amber + India Pale Ale = delicious hybrid. We enjoy the creativity of their hybrids, and Aurora was another awesome Modern Times Beer creation no matter what style you want to drop it into — red or IPA.
For this review, we took the easy way out describing color. Modern Times already nailed it on the can (deep ruby hue), along with the SRM, so we’ll just be lazy. As they also mentioned in their notes, Aurora was “real purdy” to look at in the glass, especially when its majestic, cream colored, wispy sea foam head covered its deep red body.
The aroma was very close to a straight up red ale: caramel, biscuits and bread, but with addition of subtle tropical fruitiness like guava at the end of each whiff. If you think about pairing a red ale with a tropical nose, it seems against the grain — but it just worked here, and worked exceeding well.
Aurora’s flavor started off like a good ‘ol American amber ale, with caramel and red apple until the trademark IPA grapefruit kicked in. At the finish, the rye made its presence felt with a spicy little kick, where more of that red/amber caramel character came out to play. The mouthfeel of this ale was ridiculously silky smooth, but right as you got to the rye spice, what little effervescence there was burst up to intensify the spiciness.
Modern Times released this beer at an ideal time, since it works as both a hoppy summer refresher, or a spicy fall ale (if our weather ever cools off). Aurora is one of those beers you end up falling in love with the more you drink it — which we have. The bummer is there’s only about 5 more weeks of production left on a current favorite.
Final Score: 4.5/5
Modern Times Aurora effectively used all three of its characteristics, Red • Rye • IPA, to meld together an exciting hybrid ale of toasted caramel and citrusy hops, along with the gentle spice of rye. One of the best fall beers out there…