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Fortunate Islands - Modern Times Beer

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

456 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 456
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 7.93%
Wants: 71
Gots: 37 | FT: 3
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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Woody1180

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

08-28-2014 13:47:37 | More by Woody1180
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ghatlestad

California

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

08-28-2014 03:35:56 | More by ghatlestad
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.19/5  rDev +0.7%

Enjoyed out of a 16 oz tallboy can with no dating that I can locate anywhere on the can. Poured into a classic 20 oz weizen glass.

Appearance (4.0) - Pours a brownish amber hue with a slight haze--I expected a bit more cloudiness--and a lazy trail of bubbles rising up through the glass to replenish three fingers of tight cream white foam. Retention is quite good, with the head hanging around far longer than I'm willing to wait to start in. As I drink it down, there are random patches of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell (4.0) - A really pleasant blend of citrus and tropical fruits, but not overpowering or pungent like you'd expect from an IPA. Instead, they provide a pleasant, soft infusion of fruit, with notes of mango and blood orange alongside some gentle grapefruit pith to infuse just a hint of acidity. The wheat base doesn't come through much, but there is a clear pale malt component to the grain bill to provide a base for the hops.

Taste (4.25) - Here, the wheat base is more present, but not overly aggressive and still allows the excellent blending of hops to shine. As with the aroma, the fruity elements are at the same time clearly defined, yet not overpowering or pungent. Pleasant mango and guava profiles flow through alongside a slight grapefruit bitterness. Both rest alongside a nice grainy base of wheat cracker and fresh bread.

Mouthfeel (4.25) - Light-bodied with moderate carbonation and a round, creamy feel on the tongue that gets just enough counterpoint from the active carbonation to feel active and refreshing.

Overall (4.25), a really nice take on the hoppy pale wheat ale substyle that seems to be more and more popular. I like that it manages to retain it's wheat beer roots while imparting a perfectly complementary blend of citrus and tropical fruit through the hops.

08-27-2014 01:27:43 | More by LambicPentameter
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Chingringo

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

08-26-2014 15:53:35 | More by Chingringo
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1BeerToRuleThemAll

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

08-26-2014 01:38:07 | More by 1BeerToRuleThemAll
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abeeronthebeach

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

08-25-2014 20:23:11 | More by abeeronthebeach
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gavinguam


4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

08-24-2014 23:27:26 | More by gavinguam
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aquazr1

California

4/5  rDev -3.8%

08-24-2014 19:23:17 | More by aquazr1
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California

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

08-24-2014 06:18:26 | More by GeoChase90
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pwoody11

Delaware

4/5  rDev -3.8%

08-24-2014 02:10:02 | More by pwoody11
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Sconi_tom

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.8%

08-23-2014 20:15:52 | More by Sconi_tom
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Elicoleman

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

08-23-2014 04:26:08 | More by Elicoleman
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atlbravsrno1

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

08-23-2014 04:25:28 | More by atlbravsrno1
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jburns301

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

08-21-2014 00:52:39 | More by jburns301
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Jdotswizz

Texas

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

08-20-2014 14:37:56 | More by Jdotswizz
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SUBER

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

08-17-2014 22:45:30 | More by SUBER
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4amepiphany

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

08-17-2014 05:50:27 | More by 4amepiphany
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

08-15-2014 22:05:36 | More by MacQ32
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4.2/5  rDev +1%

08-14-2014 05:23:13 | More by Bignick254
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jklecko2

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

08-14-2014 02:58:54 | More by jklecko2
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mabermud

Washington

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%

This beer has a clear, golden body with a white thin head. It smells like honey, but doesn't match in the taste department. The front end is drab, but the back end kind of makes up for the mismatch with some sweet, faded tropical hops. The mouthfeel is lacking. I am disappointed. Maybe I received old cans...Who knows, I will revisit in the future.

08-14-2014 02:48:46 | More by mabermud
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craft_is_king

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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dbkdev

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -3.8%

08-12-2014 00:47:21 | More by dbkdev
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Jimmy_Lark


4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

08-11-2014 00:38:05 | More by Jimmy_Lark
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Fortunate Islands from Modern Times Beer
93 out of 100 based on 456 ratings.