Fortunate Islands - Modern Times Beer

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Ratings: 783
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 109
Gots: 106 | FT: 10
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:
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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Photo of jchain
4.81/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Photo of chefbigjon
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of tharper178
5/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

Photo of Stevedore
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of tectactoe
4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Photo of ehammond1
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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.

Photo of 01001111
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of GetMeAnIPA
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of SomethingClever
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into nonic pint

A: Hazy dirty gold color not much head as it was a soft pour but the carbonation through the glass looks lively

S: So juicy very peachy light mango sweet maybe touches of bread and a little toffee

T: very peachy tasting some tangerine citrus surprisingly not as sweet as the nose would imply a little dry semi-sweet though very smooth no alcohol at all

M: Light and a little clingy which seems at odds but there it is

O: This is hands down my favorite wheat beer if you are forced to drink a wheat beer why not make it juicy with hops. Modern Times knocked this one out of the park Citra Hops in my Wheat beer why thank you I think I will.

Photo of augustgarage
3.64/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tipped off to this from The Mad Fermentationist - my keg of homebrew hefeweizen is nearly kicked, so now is a good time to try this. Poured from a pint can into my Moonlight shaped pint glass.

Gorgeous gamboge to amber gradient, cloudy with an active white cap that recedes to a delicate half finger; weakly soapy lacing, vague legs.

Lovely herbaceous/citrus combination from the amarillo and citra hops - a pungent fruity/weedy aroma with a hint of cotton candy.

Tang and lemongrass on the palate, sweet and tart but drying out with an increasing slightly grainy malt note into the finish. The caravienna seems to come through loud and clear, despite probably being a very small percentage of the malt bill. Mild bitterness throughout.

A little thin perhaps, with a sensation of astringency from the hop oils. Could do with a little more carbonation to increase the body, but then this might increase the bite of the hops a bit too much?

This is a clever beer, but I'm not sure the heavy hopping mates well with the wheat base - an IPA or a wheat beer can be refreshing on a hot day (97F as I type this), but I don't think the fusion works for me.

Photo of Roguer
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thick, ~3 finger fluffy, flat-white head. Slightly hazy, but overall fairly clear golden amber brew. Good retention, and thick lines of lacing.

Big hop aroma consistent with Citra and Amarillo. Tropical fruit, lighter citrus, sharp lemon, and a noticeable wheat backbone (comes across slightly biscuity).

Really nice interpretation of a dry hopped wheat beer. Citra hops are dominant in the flavor, giving it a sweet, at times sharp, and at times dank hop character. Flat wheat malt profile really allows the hops to ride the entire way.

Body is surprisingly light; long, slightly dry finish. Extremely drinkable. Would be a fantastic beer for the Summer!

The hop flavor in this beer stands out more than in a hoppy APA. The malts are really, really just in the background.

Photo of riotontheroad
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not at all what i was expecting. a pleasant surprise.

Photo of dannydetox
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I would rank this as one of the best of the new line of hoppy wheat session beers. Modern times certainly captured the big, tropical citrus aroma of the west coast ipa, and melded that into an easy-drinking afternoon sipper with just a touch of wheat body. Yellow gold in color, the beer has a thinner head that leaves minimal lacing. The aroma draws me in big time: guava, passion fruit, some orange peel. on the palate you get restrained bitterness with a touch of acidity, and a light to medium body due to the grain bill. the wheat gives it a better mouthfeel than some of the beers in this 4-5% session range. clean finish.

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a one finger white head. Aroma is huge citrus and tropical fruits. Taste is bready, doughy malt balanced by citrus and tropical fruit blend. Mouthfeel is medium with a smoothness from the malt that still has a zippy carbonation on the back end. Overall, a very nice wheat beer, better than most other American wheat beers I've tried.

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - A golden yellow with a slight haze. A two inch, off-white head that is soft and fluffy. Leaves lacing on the glass as the head dissipates.

Aroma - Fruity hop flavors (pineapple, mango, passion fruit). Slight touch malt in the back end.

Taste - Same as the aroma.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, refreshing, light to medium bodied, not overly bitter, crisp.

Overall - A flavorful and refreshing brew; perfect for a hot summer day!

Photo of smitty4657
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Love that they market this as a wheat beer when its one of the better IPAs I’ve had recently. Crisp citrusy nose - the Citra isn’t too powerful, though - and very drinkable, it reminds me of a more accessible Alpine IPA. Given the choice I'd take this over their hoppy amber (which resembles a more traditional IPA) though they're both fantastic.

Photo of Treyliff
4.45/5  rDev +8%

no canning date. poured into a pilsener glass

A- pours a clear golden color with only a small haze, foamy and fluffy white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some lacing behind 4

S- loads of tropical citrus notes jump out immediately with an emphasis on tangerine, mango & passionfruit. Underlying toasted malt with wheat on the back end. The tropical fruit aroma is out of this world 4.5

T- the tropical hoppy notes continue through to the taste; fresh tangerine juice, mango, guava, even a little bit of pineapple. There's a nice toasted wheat malty background that rounds out the tropical hop notes and gives great balance, toasted malt on the finish with more tangerine on the linger 4.5

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthful, eventually finishing smooth and crisp 4.25

O- One of the best session beers I've ever had. The tropical fruity hop notes shine, despite being less than 5% ABV. The toasted wheat finish balances it nearly perfectly 4.5

Photo of ANIMOUL
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While not a fan of wheat beers, this was a pleasant surprise. A great combination of fruity-hoppiness and the smooth drinkability of wheat-type beers. It has a sweet floral aroma (i.e. smell). At a couple ticks below 5% ABV it is very crushable (i.e. sessionable). I can see why it's classified as a 'wheat pale ale'.

Good stuff from a great San Diego brewery.

Photo of smakawhat
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a wheat ale glass. Canned May 4th 2015.

Crystal clear body, with a deep brass gold yellow color. Excellent amounts of linear carbonation, most of it pinhead size, and much of it continuously rising and repeating. Head is a soapy bleach white at about three fingers, with a bit of shampoo sudsy retention. Manage to fall slowly, and look big and beautiful, great looking brew.

The goodness continues as the aroma delivers. Excellent hop forward bouquet with tropical and citric herbality. Hints of spicy tropical notes, a bit of mango and weedy garden green aroma to go with it. Hints towards smoke as well with large hop notes, and some sweet malt chewy hinting body. Real inviting and impressive.

Palate just comes wonderfully. A surprisingly dry finish that has a great hop bitterness, but very mellow. Juiced mid palate with hints of lemon and big tropical exotic fruit to go with it. A papaya like sweetness but also a much lighter body with not as big hinting wheat density as expected. Can't get over how tangy and tingly the finish is, but there's a big zesty and oily component as well with a stinging pine needle like sensation.

This is one interesting hop forward wheat, but just lacks some of the classic body of a good wheat ale that I would love to have. Everything else though is just an exceptional spectacular ride.

Photo of wuntrikpony
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured vigorously out the can into a pint glass. Smell of very lightly bready tropical fruit. Fantastic dry hop aroma. Papaya, melon, and a slight hint of mint in the nose. The taste hits you with a more lemon/lime note and fades into a slightly bitter, crackery flavor. What a fantastic beer this is. Seek it out.

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On Tap at Modern Times, San Diego, CA.

Straight up, Raul looked over at his buddy while sipping on this sucker and said, "This thang is so damn good..." And yeah, buddy, Raul is feeling it like his crush on Candice Smith in the 4th grade.

Raul been lovin him some Pale Wheats lately and Fortunate Islands just may be the Tahiti of them all: hoppy perfection.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can from j47paco (only one of an incredible array of extras!). Canned 4/4/14. Served in a goblet.

Pours a hazy orange gold with two fingers of fluffy white head. Decent retention and some sizeable clumps of lace.

Lots of tropical fruit on the nose. Mandarin, peaches and a faint sweet caramel.

The taste is full of the tropical hop goodness detected in the aromas. Oranges, pineapple, peach, guava, passion fruit, honey, mild pine, wheat cracker and a little sugar. Super flavorful without being overly bitter, this is so freaking easy to drink.

Smooth, medium feel with moderate carbonation. Crisp finish with more of those nice tropical citrus hops and a wheaty sweetness.

American pale wheat ales have never been a go-to style for me but this is perhaps my favorite example so far (dethroning Gumballhead). Smooth, delicious and one of the easiest drinking beers I've ever had. I'm really looking forward to cracking open the other cans of Modern Times that I just received. Try this if you can.

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Fortunate Islands from Modern Times Beer
92 out of 100 based on 783 ratings.