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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: 119
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
Reviews by DannyS:
Photo of DannyS
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got as an extra in a trade with Wuntrikpony.

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

A - pours a crystal clear amber with a finger of off-white head. Leaves multiple rings of lacing.

S - The simple, straightforward aroma of citric hops. It's uncomplicated but still really pleasant.

T - Mild to moderate on the bitterness but delivers a nice citrus and hop character, balanced by the mild sweetness of wheat malt. Definitely not a powerhouse pale ale, but just right, especially for its ABV.

M - Wish it were just a little more carbonated, but otherwise it's a smooth drinking brew.

Overall - I'd say this is the perfect session brew for a hardcore hophead. It's a simple and straightforward taste and aroma, but it's pulled off just right. If I could get this more often, this would definitely be a mainstay in my fridge.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jchain
4.81/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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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 chefbigjon
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Probably my favorite wheat beer I've ever had because it tastes like a tropical pale ale. Real nice hop flavor, very smooth drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of tharper178
5/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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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 tectactoe
4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This stuff is dope as hell. Super hoppy; tropical as shit, bursting with mango, tangerine, passion fruit, guava, & load upon load of wet, weedy, mildly dank hops. Crisp body, drying finish from the wheat.

Reminds me of a miniature Alpine Nelson that you can smash all day with a little less of a hop presence but substantial punctuality given the lower ABV. I'm comparing the Zr1 to a Z06, here.

This blows Gumballhead out of the water by a light-year or two. It isn't even close. If this is available to you & you aren't drinking it, get your head checked, son.

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Photo of Bignick254
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of SanFranJake
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jose_alehouseSD
3.52/5  rDev -15%

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of 77apm
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of JakerLou
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mmcurran
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SuperbikeShaun
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of mctizzz
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of jckdaniels03
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of innominat
3.4/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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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 ehammond1
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Clear light golden. Nice collar of white foam atop. Moderate, spotted stick down the glass.

Sweet, juicy citrus leads the way--the aroma, especially as the beer warms, seems to have a pineapple presence to it. Very nice and quite appropriate for the style.

Moderate bitterness, pineapple fruit character lent from the hops, mild sweet, biscuit malt character as well. Exceptionally drinkable.

Thinner-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Good enough, though a bit thin and a touch watery.

Tasty low-ABV pale. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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