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Fortunate Islands - Modern Times Beer

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

123 Reviews
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Reviews: 123
Hads: 910
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 23.49%
Wants: 131
Gots: 132 | FT: 8
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Modern Times Beer
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale | 5.00% 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: 123 | Hads: 910
Photo of tillmac62
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

COD 11/9/15. Clear golden pour with a touch of orange. Outstanding head volume and retention, world class lacing.

Outstanding nose of tropical hops - mango, passion fruit and tangerine - over a solid grainy wheat base with just a hint of earthy spice.

Light medium body with a touch of creamy texture. World class carbonation with a nice effervescent middle and a solid finely bubbled prickly burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is quite outstanding and is the perfect lawnmower / session beer. It begins with a wave of hops from the nose that separate slowly with mango and passion fruit being most noticeable. The middle produces a sweet tangerine rind flavor that hints at bitterness. Underneath lies a grainy and slightly nutty malt base. The finish is a slow fade of tangerine rind.

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Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow color with a white head and very nice lacing , smels of citrus and lemon grass, taste is very floral with tropical hops nice citrus taste , light and crisp on the palate highly drinkable, very tasty.

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Photo of neurobot01
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can dated 12/23/15 into an IPA glass at fridge temp.

Look: light yellow-orange with a nice sudsy head.

Smell: orange/lemon essential oil, confectioners' sugar, grass. Also known as "wizards".

Taste: papaya/passionfruit/guava, grass. A bit of a mineral watery flavor at the back end.

Feel: light, a bit low on carbonation, but fine.

Overall: granted, this is over a month old and may have lost some of its pop, but this is very much in the mold of a session IPA. I had this fairly early in my journey of IPA discovery, and it kind of blew my mind, which makes it sad that I now find it a bit lackluster.

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Photo of JohnnyYuma
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a really lovely and interesting beer that always ends up as one of my go-to's. Sitting down and tasting it right now, I'm struck by how perfect the aroma matches the taste. Citrus and a piney bitterness that are made so crisp and clean by the wheat factor. Unlike a lot of lower ABV hoppy beers that end up tasting too caramely or syrupy because of the maltiness balancing the hops, this beer really lets the wheat aspect shine.

Overall, I'm a huge fan of all of Modern Times' core beers, but this one in particular balances so well between a beer that is extremely unique and complicated and one that is passive, non-intrusive and highly, highly crushable.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a charmay goblet.Nice looking beer.Smell is hoppy.Citrus.Taste is a very mellow wheat mixed with citrus.Hoppy but not overpowering.This would be a good beer for people looking for a functional beer.The ABV is only around 5.I like the taste very much but I would like more ABV in my beers.Give it a try.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned on date of October 16th, 2015

Appearance - Pours clear and light orange in color with a white head that fizzes away nearly as fast as it pours, resulting in a mostly barren surface with a razor thin ring of suds along the edge of the glass. No lacing.

Smell - My nose is immediately greeted with the scent of tangerine and lesser wheat.

Taste - Hoppy notes of tangerine with a hint of mango. Scant traces of wheat. Not much else.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with moderate, bitey carbonation. Watery finish.

Overall - This thing is fairly light and watery, even for a pale wheat. The hops are decent, but there's no discernible backbone here. In all, not particularly impressive.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.16/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

473ml can from Brewdog DogHouse, Glasgow (£4.80):
Fresh with nice citrus & tropical fruits but it was quite a weak & bland tasting beer that could have used a kick. I definitely expected better from the brewery but this is now my second from them & I've not been a fan of either; what am I missing?

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Photo of mynie
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours very pale and surprisingly filtered-looking with a nice white head. Smells as tropical as the can promises, though not to any exceptional degree: fairly straightfoward citrus and mango hops.

Tastes like it smells: straightforward fruit hops with a little bit of cereal grain to balance it out. Don't pick up any wheat malt whatsoever. Little bit of bready yeast on the very back end lends it some decent complexity, but the body gets quite thin toward the finish.

Nice session, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of corby112
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden straw color with a one finger white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Nice retention, taking a while to settle and coating the glass with streaks of soapy lacing. Good looking beer.

Earthy resinous hop aroma with grassy pine and a decent amount of citrus/tropical fruit, pale malt, banana and a light bubblegum presence. Hops overpower wheat elements but there's nice balance of tart grapefruit, pineapple sweetness, fresh cut grass, lemon peel, biscuit and cracker.

Lighter body than expected tasting more like a hoppy pale ale than a wheat beer. Not much wheat beer character actually. Some dry, earthy bitterness lingering throughout. Grassy pine needle and resinous oils followed by bread, biscuit, apple, pear and cracker. Light, crisp and refreshing with nice hop bitterness but it's a bit one dimensional masking the wheat beer elements.

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Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of tropical fruit hops are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of tropical fruits, including mangos and tangerines. A slight amount of bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather easy to drink and the hoppy aromas and flavors make this taste more like an American IPA compared to an American Pale Wheat Ale.

Serving type: can

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Can received in a recent trade.

This one pours a clear orangey amber, with a one and a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like wheat, grapefruit, grassiness, and pine.

This is a very good session beer, if not a little unexciting. There's a nice crispness, and some husky wheat, with some smooth juicy hoppiness, some pine and grapefruit and orange, mainly.

This is medium bodied, with a very crisp and refreshing mouthfeel.

Not too bad, but I've had better from Modern Times.

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Photo of LADaveBN
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours straw yellow. Nice 3 finger white head. Great lacing down the glass. Nose is grapefruit and hay. Taste is also citrus and biscuity. Medium carb, crisp feel. Overall, a well done wheat pale. Great for a warm day.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint can bought online from the Brewdog shop

Poured a nice golden yellow colour. Slightly off white head poured pretty thick and rocky then faded to good one finger covering. Lots of carbonation rushes to the surface... decent sticky lacing...

Aroma - Lots of tropical juicy fruits up front (grapefruits, limes, pineapples), light pine, floral and grassy, light talcum powder traces, quite peppery, slightly perfumed

Taste - Wheaty and hoppy, again lots of tropical juicy fruits to the fore (grapefruits, limes, apples, grapes), floral and grassy, chalky traces, faint honey sweetness, some light metallic notes, citric hop bitterness, quite floral...

Mouthfeel - Pretty sharp and dry... light bodied... very, very refreshing and quaffable especially at only 4.8%

Overall - An excellent hopped up quaffable Wheat beer... would be a perfect summer brew. Definitely recommended...

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

L - Completely transparent light orange. Less than a finger of white head.

S - Wheat, lemon, and underlying caramel. Subtle, but smells nice.

T - All wheat beer with little-to-no tropical juices, but some candied orange and lemon zest fight for attention in the middle o the mouth. Finish has a nice hop bite.

F - Spot-on for the style as it is light and crisp without being watery.

O - Enjoyable pale wheat ale, but I wish it delivered on the promised tropical juices.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can of unknown age into a Spieglau IPA glass. Very pleasurable fruity nose and citrusy taste. A golden pale with solid mouthfeel. This would be my go to river/lawnmower beer if it saw distro in my area. Would absolutely buy again if I see it!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can. Pours an orangey hue. Slightly hazy. Aroma is of citrusy hops and dried wheat. Not a diverse array of tropical fruit flavors like the label says. I found it to be decidedly citrusy. The wheat flavor in the finish is quite delicious. Dry, wheat finish. Not very intricate or complex. The flavors that exist are pretty tasty, though. Lighter bodied, plenty of flavor. Wish this was around my area. I would purchase it if I could.

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Photo of Professor_Yeesh
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Great beer. Solid in terms of the style, which is clearly labeled on the bottle/can. The smell is pungent with the citra and Amarillo. The feel is a little thin but is expected especially due to the low abv. It is session-esque and is delicious. Worth buying.

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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.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of GarrettB
3.47/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Brew_42
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of Zach136
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Fortunate Islands from Modern Times Beer
92 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.