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Fortunate Islands - Modern Times Beer

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105 Reviews
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Reviews: 105
Hads: 822
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 118
Gots: 113 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Modern Times Beer visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Pecan on 07-11-2013

Fortunate Islands shares the characteristics of an uber-hoppy IPA and an easy drinking wheat beer. A massive dose of Citra and Amarillo hops gives it a blastwave of tropical hop aromatics: mango, tangerine, and passionfruit all leap out of the glass. Brewed with 60% wheat malt, Fortunate Islands also has the mild, nutty malt backbone, reasonable ABV, and restrained bitterness to make it an outstanding session beer.
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Reviews: 105 | Hads: 822
Photo of Reema
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Serving type: on tap at the Sonora Grill in Moreno Valley

Smells of light dry hops, slightly grainy, small fruit notes. Taste reflects the smell, very nice. Super refreshing. Mouthfeel is light and the carbonation prickles the tongue. Overall, this is a good wheat beer with great hop scents and flavors. (305 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale yellow with white sticky head. Nose is piney with notes of light grass, wheat, and a light graham cracker note. Taste is pine and Bitterness up front, not a whole lot of tropical notes coming through, the finish is light and crisp. This is a nice easy drinking hoppy brew, wishing there was more of the tropical notes like the descriptors on the can stated. Either way, tasty brew. (403 characters)

Photo of GarrettB
3.47/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

October 25th, 2013 - Fortunate Islands has a lovely name, and a the flavor is oddly nautical, keeping with the title. The smell is, well, curious. Ever tried steamed crab with Old Bay seasoning? I find some of that in the nose, and I love it. It's savory but brings the crab sweetness too, all bundled into the beer in a way that hits at the scent without making this a weird seafood brew. The flavor is more traditional, resinous and hoppy, almost standard in it's approach. The hops profile is clear, but thick and sweet, and losing some of that fascinating oceanic smell. (574 characters)

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz can. Clear light golden color, bright. Fresh citrus aroma that follows into the flavor. Clean crisp dry finish. Mouthfeel is great for the style. Overall very easy and refreshing, one of the better hoppy wheat beers to date. (230 characters)

Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured into a Teku glass. Fairly clear golden/amber yellow with a good amount of white head.

S - Lots of tropical fruit and some citrus.

T - Tropical fruit mostly with some citrus notes in the background.

F - Smooth and finishes very crisp. Refreshing.

O - I really enjoy this brew from Modern Times. Great for a hot day, and definitely one of the best "wheat" beers out there. (385 characters)

Photo of Brew_42
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours orange/gold and cloudy with a decent amount of white head that lasts for a decent amount of time. Really good looking beer.

Smell-Citrus and hops

Taste- Big wheat flavor up front with hops following shortly after. None of the sweetness others are mentioning but maybe I just missed it.

MF- Crisp and refreshing

Overall-Refreshign summer beer. I was hoping for more of the tropical taste the beer promised but still good. (430 characters)

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For the style, this beer is outstanding. It looks beautiful and is very light, but has some definite character to its taste. The nose is excellent with tropical notes. I'm not sure if it's the subliminal message of the beer name, but the taste continues with a light wheat taste and a tropical punch of hops. All in all, as good as I've had of the style. (354 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy yellow. Big pineapple-guava hop aroma, slightly less but still fairly intense on the palate. Little to no bitterness, crushable. A truly fantastic brew. (164 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gorgeous golden hue with excellent clarity. A quarter inch of eggshell white is present. Moderate lacing. Aroma is wallop of citrus hops with faint pale wheat. The flavor is a sharp, bitter citrus hop flavor. There's pale wheat there, but it is a background note. The mouth is light, crisp, and smooth. (308 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottom of can says Canned On 05/25/15.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains decently before becoming a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Moderate hop character makes for a juicy citrus aroma

T- Nice, balanced taste of hops and wheat. So easy to drink and with plenty of flavor. Bitterness is mild but complementary.

M- Crisp and lightly sharp from the hops with medium carbonation and a light body.

O- A very crushable and tasty hoppy wheat that I could see myself drinking multiple of on the beach. (665 characters)

Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a clear, inviting straw yellow color with a huge fluffy white head.
Smell and taste are both overrun with stone fruits, passion fruit, guava, apricot, nectarine, some husky wheat and cracker like malts. Hoppy but no lingering bitterness. A smooth and light bodied ale. 16 oz goes by so fast. So drinkable. (312 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.86/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One four-pack in and I realized I forgot to review this. Which would be a shame, because I’m really digging it right now. It pours a clear golden-straw color with generous foaming. I love the aroma—it’s bold and big and vibrant and fresh, with bursts of melon and passionfruit. It certainly feels like I’m breathing in a tropical island. The flavor is incredible—you get the smoothness of a wheat-beer, with a clean crisp finish. No real bitterness—the hops are all in the aroma—but enough body to avoid that watery “session IPA” feel. They call this a hoppy wheat. I call it paradise in the glass. (616 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #85 (Feb 2014):

Tropical, Hoppy, Wheat, Crushable

Named appropriately, this beer opens up with big fruity, tropical citrus notes. Stone fruits, mango, and passion fruit on the tongue. Hoppy but not bitter. Some leafiness and hint of dankness. Slightly wheaty, husky edge. Nutty and sweet malts provide balance. Palate is left wanting more. This is an outstanding hybrid beer (American Wheat Ale meets IPA) with an insane level of drinkability.

STYLE: American Pale Wheat Ale | ABV: 4.8% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round (543 characters)

Photo of W_Des
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great to enjoy on a hot grilling day. Has a great citrusy, fruity nose. It is light and crisp and refreshing and finishes with a very subtle bitterness. Very tasty. (164 characters)

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a one finger white head. Aroma is huge citrus and tropical fruits. Taste is bready, doughy malt balanced by citrus and tropical fruit blend. Mouthfeel is medium with a smoothness from the malt that still has a zippy carbonation on the back end. Overall, a very nice wheat beer, better than most other American wheat beers I've tried. (361 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Yellow gold and hazy with no carbonation, and a whopping 4 finger, fluffy white head. Lots of frosty lacing.

Huge hop profile, tropical fruits, cayenne pepper, orange candy, black pepper, lemon candy like some kind of cold medicine.

Orange candy, cayenne pepper, lemonade, a sort of acrid taste, and a hint of onion.

Medium body, almost no carbonation.

Really good brew. Got at Beer Box in Chiang Mai, drank June 17th, 2015. Very fresh hops on the nose, slight odd middle taste of acrid, but the rest was great. (519 characters)

Photo of Mikus
3.42/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was good, however, it was lacking some of the bright hoppiness and bitterness that I was looking for (even in a hoppy wheat) on my San Diego trip. One of the dominant notes that came through on the nose and palate was very grassy, and though the beer was refreshing and clean, this kept it out of the outstanding range for me. This is not the only 'San Diego' beer that I noticed this in (and haven't really done the detective work to dig up which hop might be the culprit) and I hope that this doesn't take over as one of the new industry trends. Regardless, this was a nice offering, and I was very impressed with Modern Times. (634 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a wheat ale glass. Canned May 4th 2015.

Crystal clear body, with a deep brass gold yellow color. Excellent amounts of linear carbonation, most of it pinhead size, and much of it continuously rising and repeating. Head is a soapy bleach white at about three fingers, with a bit of shampoo sudsy retention. Manage to fall slowly, and look big and beautiful, great looking brew.

The goodness continues as the aroma delivers. Excellent hop forward bouquet with tropical and citric herbality. Hints of spicy tropical notes, a bit of mango and weedy garden green aroma to go with it. Hints towards smoke as well with large hop notes, and some sweet malt chewy hinting body. Real inviting and impressive.

Palate just comes wonderfully. A surprisingly dry finish that has a great hop bitterness, but very mellow. Juiced mid palate with hints of lemon and big tropical exotic fruit to go with it. A papaya like sweetness but also a much lighter body with not as big hinting wheat density as expected. Can't get over how tangy and tingly the finish is, but there's a big zesty and oily component as well with a stinging pine needle like sensation.

This is one interesting hop forward wheat, but just lacks some of the classic body of a good wheat ale that I would love to have. Everything else though is just an exceptional spectacular ride. (1,373 characters)

Photo of ta_hagen
4.96/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Can you say hoppy... Not what you would expect from a Wheat Ale. It tasted smooth and delicious the whole way through. It is definitely light, tropical and fruity, so if you like extremely bold, but if you're looking for a delightful beer... This one for sure will be on my Top 10 beer's for 2015 list. (303 characters)

Photo of Tele
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Can
Consumed: 5.11.15

A: 4.5 Pours a very clear, orange-gold. The off-white head is nice and fluffy leaving good lacing after it dissipates over the course of a couple minutes.

S: 4 Wheat and malt come in first followed by a somewhat light hop presence. The hops add some orange, pineapple, and end with a bit of a grassy finish. Overall, nice, but a bit muted.

T: 4.25 Like the nose, there’s good malt and wheat presence, but the hops are more dominant than the aromas would suggest. The taste is very clean and juicy with a nice balance between the wheat and lemony hops. There’s a bit of mango and pineapple on the finish before a mild bitterness sets in.

M: 4.5 Great carbonation and body. Super refreshing and drinkable with a little dryness on the finish.

O: 4.25 Probably my favorite Modern Times offering so far. The flavors are really nice while remaining balanced and somewhat subtle. This is a really satisfying beer yet so drinkable that it’s hard not to finish a four-pack in one sitting. (1,027 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz can into a snifter. Acquired as an extra in a trade with Henry - thanks man!

Pours a clear golden body with a decent sized white head that sticks around for a while, eventually reducing to a thick ring and layer of foam.

Very nutty on the nose, peanuts, caramel, toffee.. on the tongue it's similar, nutty, lots of wheat, not much hops except for the resinous zing on the finish that doesn't stick around very long.

Interesting beer.. not sure what to think of this. Not getting the advertised "tropical" character (539 characters)

Photo of beermeplz
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Scored some Modern Times stuff up here in NorCal courtesy of K&L Wines. This is easily my favorite among the ones that I've tried. As advertised, very tropical - pineapple, mango, papaya - in smell and taste. Tasty to the last drop. Light, refreshing, supremely quaffable. (272 characters)

Photo of Buck89
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear dark gold with bright white 2-finger head that lingered. Aroma was amazing - huge tropical and citrus notes. Taste followed, with a soft fruitiness, orange, and grapefruit and a pleasant bitterness with a soft finish. Feel is a bit thin but this is a "session" beer. Overall a beautiful brew. (298 characters)

Photo of Andrick
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was astonished by how good this beer is. I've never had a beer in this particular style that I liked all that much. They tend to get lost between styles. This however, almost creates an entirely new style in and of itself. I kept waiting for there to be a weird after taste, but there never was. It tasted smooth and delicious the whole way through. It is definitely light, tropical and fruity, so if you like extremely bold, punch you in the face favors, this may not be your cup of tea. But if you're looking for something that is packed with deliciousness, while staying drinkable, you'll love this. I could drink a million of these. (638 characters)

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip from a can.

A. Amber in color and hazy with a 1" white foamy head.

S. Mango and banana. Hops dominating the nose.

T. Agreeing with the nose I get mango and banana, grape. Some Biscuity caramel malts. But then I do get some organic wheat characteristics. Nice bitterness at the end. Nicely balanced and the wheat gives a lil different element to an IPA base.

M. 4 out of 10 on body with nice carbonation

O. A nice take on an IPA with wheat. I know it doesn't say IPA but that is basically what it is to me with the wheat element that does give something. (592 characters)

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