Fortunate Islands - Modern Times Beer
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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
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
Fortunate Islands from Modern Times Beer
93 out of 100 based on 456 ratings.