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Fortunate Islands - Modern Times Beer

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Ratings: 750
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 107
Gots: 99 | FT: 9
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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Ratings: 750 | Reviews: 93
Photo of FlyManFly
3.72/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very refreshing drinkable value in an unusual combination of hopped wheat beer.

Photo of Tele
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of toronadotornado
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Social Kitchen & Brewery - San Francisco, CA - draft (Tap Takeover)

Photo of gcamparone
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
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

Photo of beermeplz
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of alisadk
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First sip at Mediterraneo March 18, 2015 with Love prior to Hermosa Comedy Club.

Photo of tharper178
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I loved this hoppy tropical wheat beer at Hunaphu Day 2015. This was refreshing on a hot florida day. Very good beer.

Photo of Andrick
4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of Stezz420
4.99/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received via BA trade with @fthegiants big shout out for sending this one!

Beer pours very a bright clear golden color. Not too much head on this one though, making me think its not carbonated enough. Maybe its too cold though?

Smell is of strong sweet tangy tropical fruits.

Taste lines up to the smell, almost taste like fruit cocktail in way.

This beer was so easy to drink I probably would've drank the whole 4 pack if I had one. Perfect light feel for the abv even as it warms it still feels the same.

Would definitely get more in the future!

Photo of HOPSareKey
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is my all time favorite session beer. easy drinking and tropical.

Photo of kevanb
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can poured into a Modern Times willibecher pint glass.


The beer pours a pale golden straw color, hues of lemon and copper, lightly hazy with a nice thick finger plus of white head, soapy and frothy that has nice retention and leaves big swatches of soapy lace behind. The aroma exudes the hoppy character promised on the can, citrusy and zesty with resinous pine and fresh tropical fruit, crusty wheat, a touch of sweetness and some caramel. The flavors show off more of the wheat character than the nose suggested, but it's mellow and provides a good base to the hops which add a great array of flavor without compromising the bitterness and quaffability of the beer. Plenty of tangy citrus rind, resinous and sappy pine, juicy tropical pineapple and mango, nicely balanced. The mouthfeel is nice, coating, medium bodied with lower but smooth carbonation, just a hint of crisp bubbles that finishes easily, almost creamy with a lingering dryness.

Verdict: A really nice pale wheat ale from Modern Times, effortless to drink at 4.8% and 46 IBU. Delicious on a cold February day, but this makes me yearn for the warmer days of summer, hoppy and tropical as stated, tastes like wizards? not sure, but if so, wizards must taste pretty good.

Photo of atone315
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I could smell the hops pouring out of this beer the minute I popped the top. Thankfully, the taste matched the smell. Decent looking beer, nothing out of the ordinary....if I was able to score this routinely, I would drink it routinely.

Photo of Stevedore
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can dated 12/12/14, poured into a snifter 2/1/15.

A- Darker copper body, lighter than most wheat beers. Two finger white head, good retention time, thick lacing.

S- Sharp pine aromas mellowed by sweet caramel malt. Tropical fruit, but more resinous smelling than aromatic.

F- Very grainy, sweet pale malt evoking grains and caramel. Not as much of a hoppy presence as in the nose. Fair tropical fruit presence. Quite malty, with a decent pine bitterness on the backend.

M- Thinner bodied, good carbonation and nice effervescence. Finish is a grainy sweet maltiness.

O- Decent, nice graininess and the hop aromas complement the graininess nicely for a wheat beer. Very drinkable and tasty.

Photo of riotontheroad
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not at all what i was expecting. a pleasant surprise.

Photo of dutesanch
3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very refreshing blend of hops and citrus flavor. Surpassed Black House as my favorite MT beer

Photo of SomethingClever
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into nonic pint

A: Hazy dirty gold color not much head as it was a soft pour but the carbonation through the glass looks lively

S: So juicy very peachy light mango sweet maybe touches of bread and a little toffee

T: very peachy tasting some tangerine citrus surprisingly not as sweet as the nose would imply a little dry semi-sweet though very smooth no alcohol at all

M: Light and a little clingy which seems at odds but there it is

O: This is hands down my favorite wheat beer if you are forced to drink a wheat beer why not make it juicy with hops. Modern Times knocked this one out of the park Citra Hops in my Wheat beer why thank you I think I will.

Photo of jooler
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weird hoppy taste. This almost tastes like it has THC in it. It creative having a wheat ipa

Photo of jchain
4.81/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I LOVE this beer! It is a citrus-y, tropical fruity, yet hoppy, wheat beer. ... Let that all soak in for a bit. Just a really enjoyable -- and surprising -- drinking experience. Highly recommended.

Photo of nickvasallo
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

My favorite new beer from Fortunate Islands in San Diego, CA. Hard to find. Not a wheat beer at all, this is more like a pale ale, hoppy yet smooth. It has a sweet fruity nose and fresh hoppy taste.

Photo of SteveB24
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- color is a clear gold, scattered carbonation within the beer, pours 3 fingers of white, frothy head, about a half finger remains throughout with nice lacing.
Aroma is very pleasant, a solid presence of tropical fruit and citrus notes, with the wheat in the background. The flavor is very nice and crisp, citrus hop notes upfront, including oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit, with creamy wheat in the backbone. Texture is crisp upfront with a touch of dryness, finishes with a bit of cream on the tongue, carbonation is quite mild.
Overall; a tasty and balanced, light, experience. One of the best wheat beers out there IMO, hope to drink lots of this next summer.

Photo of MNishCT77
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can obtained on trade (thanks, Dr. J.S.) from the greater San Diego area, unknown brewing/canning date, poured into my Smoke & Barrel snifter glass, drank over 30-45 minutes

A: 3/3 - golden-orange coloration, low clarity (cannot read or see through) but appropriate for a hoppy wheat, 1/4 glass lacing with lakes cling to the glass, low-to-moderate carbonation; small alcohol legs

A: 10/12 - moderate intensity mandarin orange, tangerine, pineapple, mango and pine; don't get much wheat or other malt character on the nose; little alcohol aroma; no DMS; no diacetyl

T: 16/20 - moderate hop bitterness hits up front; in the middle of the palate, the tropical fruit and citrus notes open up - again, tangerine, mango, papaya - with some pine; slightly bready and wheat funkiness; on the backend, there is a continuing sweetness that slight lingers; little alcohol flavors; finishes inviting of subsequent sips

M: 4/5 - thin body but slightly accentuated by hop oils coating the tongue; low-to-moderate carbonation

O: 9/10 - excellent sessionable wheat that I'd place right up there with Lil' Sumptin' Sumptin' and Gumballhead; the Citra and Amarillo combination plays really well, and I'd argue, is greater than the sum of it's parts; definitely recommend purchasing or trading for if you like hoppy, sessionable wheats in Summer

TOTAL - 42/50

Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%

From 10/16/14 notes. Big thanks ot Nugganooch for sending me this out; thanks Dane. 16 oz. can poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy golden-yellow color with one finger of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Citrus hops, tropical fruits, bready malts, caramel malts, light pine hops, and floral hops. Medium body and low to moderate carbonation.

Overall a good beer. Maltier than I was expecting just based on the description, but easy to dirnk and good. Worth checking out.

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a deep yellow to a yellowish orange color. two plus fingers of a foamy white head that leaves behind a pretty solid lacing and has fairly strong retention. completely clear and bright

Smell: citrus, tropical fruits, fruit juice, hop resin. slightly sweet malty backbone.

Taste: opens up with strong hoppy flavors. ranging from citrus to tropical with a little bit of pine/resin thrown in. very juicy and has a strong fruit juice quality to it. after all this hoppiness there is a light semi sweet malt base.

Mouthfeel: light and wheaty. low lingering bitterness.

Overall: while this beer is a pleasant and tasty beer it is more inline with a hoppy pale ale than a wheat beer. from the clearness of the beer to the lack of wheat, grassy taste , it is hard to see this as a wheat beer.

Photo of ianw87
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

This is one of my favorite session beers I've ever had. I really enjoy the hop profile, perfectly bitter with a great fruitiness. Smooth, light and easy to drink. Modern Times is really killing it. They also post their recipes on BeerSmith which is awesome.

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Fortunate Islands from Modern Times Beer
92 out of 100 based on 750 ratings.