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Fortunate Islands - Modern Times Beer

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

402 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 402
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 66
Gots: 28 | 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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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An extra in a trade with Skuter. Thanks man!
No canning date.

My first Modern Times beer. I poured this into a willi becher pint glass. The color is a sort of dusty looking hazed gold. According to the can, it is at 4 SRM. The head is excellent, and looks firm at 2.5 fingers thick. The lacing is great too.

This reminds me a bit of Gumballhead, because it is an aggressively hopped pale wheat ale. I don't usually expect this much hop aroma from the style. No clean wheat aroma or flavors here. Instead, there is a rich, unique hop profile that offers hints of watermelon, sweet orange, marshmallow, and almonds. It is gentle though...nothing that pops out of the glass.

The flavor is well-balanced, with a light, decently carbed body that delivers a zesty orange-like bitterness in the finish. Well hopped flavor, with a light malt backbone and a wheat-like, ganja finish. Dank, but lightened up considerably with the body and carbonation. Melon fruitiness comes in the aftertaste. Really quite delicious...

This is not the typical American Pale Wheat Ale. This is a much hoppier version, and as a result, the wheat flavor is really clouded out here. Is this a bad thing? No, but it is just different than what I would expect. It is sessionable, and tasty, and unique. I think they did an outstanding job at creating something that people will want to drink a lot of. A new favorite in the style for me.

Serving type: can

03-19-2014 00:40:55 | More by MusicaleMike
More User Reviews:
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear goldenstraw with a massive head that leaves lacing all over the place

Smell: Tropical fruit and citrus with perhaps a hint of bread

Taste: Wheat bread underpins the tropical fruit and citrus flavors from the hops; a bit grassy, too; lingering bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: This is what all American Wheats aspire to be when they grow up; best in style by a mile

Thanks, lincolnbeard, for the opportunity

Serving type: can

07-27-2014 23:36:08 | More by brentk56
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chipawayboy

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.8%

07-27-2014 22:29:03 | More by chipawayboy
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EB1

California

4/5  rDev -3.8%

07-27-2014 21:00:56 | More by EB1
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Brihon

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

07-27-2014 12:57:59 | More by Brihon
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks, Abraham.

A mildly hazy orange with a dense off white head with solid retention and lacing, this looks good. Not surprisingly, this doesn't smell like an APWA. Instead, its massively hoppy with plenty of bright citrus and tropical fruit, so much so that it smells like fruit juice. Mango and peach are most prominent. A mild grainy backbone is noticeable as well. Excellent.

The palate opens bright and fruity with juicy mango and peach along with grapefruit and oranges. This is followed by an earthy, mildly crackery malt backbone, dry, snappy, mildly crisp and with some wheat. Drying on the finish with lingering peach with a faint bitterness and grainy huskiness, this beer is light in body and is highly carbonated, more than I'd like in fact. Very good.

Serving type: can

07-27-2014 05:25:52 | More by DefenCorps
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SuperHop18

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.8%

07-27-2014 01:47:31 | More by SuperHop18
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Bnoise11

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

07-26-2014 23:40:56 | More by Bnoise11
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gashmoney

Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.8%

07-26-2014 23:01:16 | More by gashmoney
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thatoneguymike

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

07-26-2014 16:07:48 | More by thatoneguymike
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Diggy

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

07-26-2014 05:41:32 | More by Diggy
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OnryAndMean

Vermont

4/5  rDev -3.8%

07-25-2014 20:20:44 | More by OnryAndMean
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Norseman

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

07-24-2014 23:10:38 | More by Norseman
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Resuin

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

07-24-2014 04:21:22 | More by Resuin
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JDV

Texas

1.89/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Smell is huge diacetyl. Buttery popcorn all the way. Very big disappointment. Hopefully a bad batch because this is not good at all. Tastes buttery, creamy, stale and in no way smells or tastes tropical or even wheaty. Bad first impression to a brewery I was excited about and was thinking I was really going to like.

Serving type: can

07-23-2014 01:48:14 | More by JDV
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ToddBeans

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -3.8%

07-22-2014 23:02:21 | More by ToddBeans
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Danny1217

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

07-22-2014 21:00:50 | More by Danny1217
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Thedrizzle

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

07-22-2014 01:32:40 | More by Thedrizzle
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pmac72

California

4/5  rDev -3.8%

07-20-2014 22:15:46 | More by pmac72
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MisSigsFan

California

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can into my Spiegelau glass. Light golden yellow with foamy white head. Malty sweetness on the nose with some citrus and fruit. It's not faint either, it's very in-your-face. Taste is not at all what you'd expect from a wheat beer. At 46 IBU this is basically a pale ale with wheat malt as the base. There's a lot of wheat in the front with a good amount of citrus and tropical fruit to go along with it. This is an IPA lover's wheat beer. Mouthfeel is pretty good, I'd say it needs more carbonation though. Other than that this is the perfect summer beer. Light, hoppy, and very sessionable.

Serving type: can

07-20-2014 21:07:48 | More by MisSigsFan
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loverofthecraft

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.8%

07-20-2014 03:00:05 | More by loverofthecraft
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koopa

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

07-19-2014 21:31:38 | More by koopa
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Camjmorton

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

07-19-2014 07:28:41 | More by Camjmorton
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Cloaked_Phantom

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

07-19-2014 03:39:32 | More by Cloaked_Phantom
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mbeerdino21

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.8%

07-19-2014 00:54:56 | More by mbeerdino21
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Fortunate Islands from Modern Times Beer
93 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.