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Fortunate Islands - Modern Times Beer

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Ratings: 533
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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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

gueuzegossage, Today at 04:56 AM
Photo of MNishCT77
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can obtained on trade (thanks, Dr. J.S.) from the greater San Diego area, unknown brewing/canning date, poured into my Smoke & Barrel snifter glass, drank over 30-45 minutes

A: 3/3 - golden-orange coloration, low clarity (cannot read or see through) but appropriate for a hoppy wheat, 1/4 glass lacing with lakes cling to the glass, low-to-moderate carbonation; small alcohol legs

A: 10/12 - moderate intensity mandarin orange, tangerine, pineapple, mango and pine; don't get much wheat or other malt character on the nose; little alcohol aroma; no DMS; no diacetyl

T: 16/20 - moderate hop bitterness hits up front; in the middle of the palate, the tropical fruit and citrus notes open up - again, tangerine, mango, papaya - with some pine; slightly bready and wheat funkiness; on the backend, there is a continuing sweetness that slight lingers; little alcohol flavors; finishes inviting of subsequent sips

M: 4/5 - thin body but slightly accentuated by hop oils coating the tongue; low-to-moderate carbonation

O: 9/10 - excellent sessionable wheat that I'd place right up there with Lil' Sumptin' Sumptin' and Gumballhead; the Citra and Amarillo combination plays really well, and I'd argue, is greater than the sum of it's parts; definitely recommend purchasing or trading for if you like hoppy, sessionable wheats in Summer

TOTAL - 42/50

MNishCT77, Today at 02:48 AM
3.24/5  rDev -21.7%

BOCKTAGON, Sunday at 05:46 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Enochase04, Sunday at 04:55 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

DeutschesBier, Friday at 01:46 AM
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3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

blacksbomber, Friday at 01:06 AM
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3.9/5  rDev -5.8%

From 10/16/14 notes. Big thanks ot Nugganooch for sending me this out; thanks Dane. 16 oz. can poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy golden-yellow color with one finger of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Citrus hops, tropical fruits, bready malts, caramel malts, light pine hops, and floral hops. Medium body and low to moderate carbonation.

Overall a good beer. Maltier than I was expecting just based on the description, but easy to dirnk and good. Worth checking out.

mdfb79, Thursday at 05:25 PM
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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

NicDacey, Oct 15, 2014
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3/5  rDev -27.5%

BergBeer, Oct 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

meanmutt, Oct 14, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

Kram3r, Oct 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Keananmichael5, Oct 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

halo3one, Oct 12, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

MonkeyBread, Oct 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

pmarlowe, Oct 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

boudeysbigbrew, Oct 11, 2014
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4.48/5  rDev +8.2%

yokstar, Oct 11, 2014
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3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a deep yellow to a yellowish orange color. two plus fingers of a foamy white head that leaves behind a pretty solid lacing and has fairly strong retention. completely clear and bright

Smell: citrus, tropical fruits, fruit juice, hop resin. slightly sweet malty backbone.

Taste: opens up with strong hoppy flavors. ranging from citrus to tropical with a little bit of pine/resin thrown in. very juicy and has a strong fruit juice quality to it. after all this hoppiness there is a light semi sweet malt base.

Mouthfeel: light and wheaty. low lingering bitterness.

Overall: while this beer is a pleasant and tasty beer it is more inline with a hoppy pale ale than a wheat beer. from the clearness of the beer to the lack of wheat, grassy taste , it is hard to see this as a wheat beer.

SportsandJorts, Oct 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

FrankHammer, Oct 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

NHhomebrewguy, Oct 08, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev -4.6%

chewymangos, Oct 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Rothobinide, Oct 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Kramerbarthomer, Oct 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

This is one of my favorite session beers I've ever had. I really enjoy the hop profile, perfectly bitter with a great fruitiness. Smooth, light and easy to drink. Modern Times is really killing it. They also post their recipes on BeerSmith which is awesome.

ianw87, Oct 07, 2014
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Fortunate Islands from Modern Times Beer
92 out of 100 based on 533 ratings.