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Fortunate Islands - Modern Times Beer

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BA SCORE
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536 Ratings
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Ratings: 536
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 78
Gots: 45 | 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 MusicaleMike:
Photo of MusicaleMike
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

MusicaleMike, Mar 19, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
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
Photo of Bignick254
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

Bignick254, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of jose_alehouseSD
3.52/5  rDev -15%

jose_alehouseSD, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -3.4%

warnerry, May 30, 2014
Photo of 77apm
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

77apm, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of SuperbikeShaun
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

SuperbikeShaun, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of mctizzz
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

mctizzz, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev -3.4%

aquazr1, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of ehammond1
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
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
Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Mantooth, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of welcome2jb
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

welcome2jb, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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
Photo of NickyT
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

NickyT, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of 01001111
4.69/5  rDev +13.3%
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 -3.4%

Zonian1, Jan 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

1BeerToRuleThemAll, Aug 26, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Adkins1203, Jun 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

CLCardinal84, May 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

acurtis, Jun 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

ste5venla, Jan 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

mdaschaf, Apr 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Varkias41, Dec 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Tuckersmth, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of GetMeAnIPA
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into my pint tulip glass.

Clear orange color with good amount of bubbles streaming up. Nice creamy head. The aroma is amazing. Juicy tropical and sweet. It makes me just want to dive into the glass and imagine I am on a tropical island. Super drinkable with a light body but has a slight bitter bite. I could drink the whole four pack and not even know it.

I love citra hops and this is a good one to get my fix.

GetMeAnIPA, Jan 19, 2014
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Fortunate Islands from Modern Times Beer
92 out of 100 based on 536 ratings.