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Fortunate Islands - Modern Times Beer

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92
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574 Ratings
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Ratings: 574
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 8.98%
Wants: 81
Gots: 53 | FT: 4
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:
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.

(Beer added by: Pecan on 07-11-2013)
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Reviews by DoubleJ:
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4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Modern Times is attempting to sharpen my geography skills. Let's see, we have the Northern Mariana Islands, Marshall Islands, Cook Islands, Midway Islands, Cayman Islands, but where the heck are the Fortunate Islands? They must be on another planet, because they certainly aren't on Earth. For now, I'll accept it as another beer offering out of this up and coming brewery. Out of a 16 ounce can, on to the beer:

Golden yellow colored and a little hazy inside the body. On top is a head which retains an inch of head throughout the journey, leaving behind a trail of lacing around the glass. When I first heard of Fortunate Islands, I thought of an out of the way paradise. At the very least it smells as such. A big tropical paradise with fresh grass, passionfruit, cantaloupe, and fruit punch.

American wheat ales aren't generally this hoppy nor flavorful, however Fortunate Islands begs to differ. This is a full flavored ale with a strong hoppy flavor. The mix of tropical fruits with grass works very well, and alongside has a spiced note akin to rye (although none was used in this beer). Although very flavorful, it retains a lighter body and is easy to drink without being very bitter.

Why are brewers working so hard to create "Session IPA's" now? Modern Times has hit the nail on the head with this hoppy wheat ale. I'm not only glad to come across a new standard among American wheats, but to see Modern Times not risk any gimmicky name calling, where "India Pale Wheat" or "Session IPA" would come across the minds of other brewers.

DoubleJ, Feb 28, 2014
More User Reviews:
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4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

tectactoe, May 28, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

Bignick254, Aug 14, 2014
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3.52/5  rDev -14.6%

jose_alehouseSD, Sep 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

warnerry, May 30, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

77apm, Mar 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

SuperbikeShaun, Apr 13, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +6.8%

mctizzz, Jun 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

aquazr1, Aug 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

olradetbalder, Yesterday at 01:41 PM
Photo of ehammond1
3.86/5  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.

ehammond1, Jul 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Mantooth, Jul 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

CBucks12, Nov 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

welcome2jb, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What's this California can trend where they are loading up some great beers into 16 ounce pounders. A proper pint in a can, this innovative wheat beer from California has been on my radar and a great beer/cigar guy named David Ford aka deford sent me a couple of cans along with other Cali canned craft creations...that's alliteration my friends.

Pours a hazed golden orange glowing hue with bright white head forming thick and creamy with even banded lacing left between each sip. The awesome Modern Times font on that big white background on the 16 ounce pounder can is just makes me want to try more beer from them.

Aroma they dry hopped this one using Amarillo and Citra hops, guess what it smells like? Tropical fruit, citrus notes, sharp wheat, a touch of coconut or something rather interesting that I've never smelled in a beer before. A bit of sulfur or some component of fermentation is in there as well.

Flavor bright citric notes, wheat malts, expressive tropical fruit accents. Not as hoppy bitter as it would seem, linger hop resins but the dry hopping must have left the bitterness out. Crushed aspirin, wheat malt, soft finish. Unique beer across the board incredibly drinkable built for pounder cans weighs in at 46 IBUs and about 4.5% abv.

Mouthfeel creamy slightly resinous hop oils on the palate. Even flowing carbonation each sip is that much better...I'm really enjoying a can of this beer.

Overall, well done ale made in San Diego canned in a pounder variant, and tastes pretty freakin' good.

WVbeergeek, Jun 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

NickyT, Apr 10, 2014
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4.69/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Straw nectar.

S: Mango, banana, tropical fruits, isopropyl.

T: Mango, wheat, floral and bitter hop qualities, and a bit of grassy, yeast funk.

M: Light yet full. Refreshing juice.

O: A go-to summer beer and a bit of a grower. For a standard beer that doesn't aim to be over the top, Fortunate Islands is best in style.

01001111, Feb 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Zonian1, Jan 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

1BeerToRuleThemAll, Aug 26, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Adkins1203, Jun 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

CLCardinal84, May 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

acurtis, Jun 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

ste5venla, Jan 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

mdaschaf, Apr 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Varkias41, Dec 19, 2013
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Fortunate Islands from Modern Times Beer
92 out of 100 based on 574 ratings.