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Fortunate Islands - Modern Times Beer

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

393 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 65
Gots: 29 | FT: 2
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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DoubleJ

California

4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: can

02-28-2014 02:10:39 | More by DoubleJ
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Fortunate Islands from Modern Times Beer
93 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.