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Fortunate Islands - Modern Times Beer

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113 Reviews

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Reviews: 113
Hads: 870
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 24.15%
Wants: 120
Gots: 126 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Modern Times Beer visit their website
California, United States

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: 113 | Hads: 870
Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
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 -9.7%
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 +6.5%
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 -9.7%
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 -6.5%
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 +1.7%
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 -4.1%
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 +8.9%
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 +0.5%
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 -7.7%
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 -16.2%
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.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
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 -1.7%
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 -4.6%
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 +5.1%
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 +4.8%
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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Photo of Franziskaner
4.14/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.86/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.1/5  rDev -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

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Photo of W_Des
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of Mikus
3.42/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

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Fortunate Islands from Modern Times Beer
92 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.