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Fortunate Islands - Modern Times Beer

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

106 Reviews
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Reviews: 106
Hads: 824
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 118
Gots: 113 | FT: 8
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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Reviews: 106 | Hads: 824
Photo of JDV
1.92/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Smell is huge diacetyl. Buttery popcorn all the way. Very big disappointment. Hopefully a bad batch because this is not good at all. Tastes buttery, creamy, stale and in no way smells or tastes tropical or even wheaty. Bad first impression to a brewery I was excited about and was thinking I was really going to like. (317 characters)

Photo of Mikus
3.42/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was good, however, it was lacking some of the bright hoppiness and bitterness that I was looking for (even in a hoppy wheat) on my San Diego trip. One of the dominant notes that came through on the nose and palate was very grassy, and though the beer was refreshing and clean, this kept it out of the outstanding range for me. This is not the only 'San Diego' beer that I noticed this in (and haven't really done the detective work to dig up which hop might be the culprit) and I hope that this doesn't take over as one of the new industry trends. Regardless, this was a nice offering, and I was very impressed with Modern Times. (634 characters)

Photo of GarrettB
3.47/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

October 25th, 2013 - Fortunate Islands has a lovely name, and a the flavor is oddly nautical, keeping with the title. The smell is, well, curious. Ever tried steamed crab with Old Bay seasoning? I find some of that in the nose, and I love it. It's savory but brings the crab sweetness too, all bundled into the beer in a way that hits at the scent without making this a weird seafood brew. The flavor is more traditional, resinous and hoppy, almost standard in it's approach. The hops profile is clear, but thick and sweet, and losing some of that fascinating oceanic smell. (574 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Yellow gold and hazy with no carbonation, and a whopping 4 finger, fluffy white head. Lots of frosty lacing.

Huge hop profile, tropical fruits, cayenne pepper, orange candy, black pepper, lemon candy like some kind of cold medicine.

Orange candy, cayenne pepper, lemonade, a sort of acrid taste, and a hint of onion.

Medium body, almost no carbonation.

Really good brew. Got at Beer Box in Chiang Mai, drank June 17th, 2015. Very fresh hops on the nose, slight odd middle taste of acrid, but the rest was great. (519 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
3.64/5  rDev -13.3%
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. (1,156 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
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. (806 characters)

Photo of hopsputin
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: its a dark burnt orange/caramel color with some lighter orange notes on the bottom. 2 finger fizzy white head that fades down to 1 finger pretty quickly

s: wheat, pale malt, apricot, juicy fruit snacks (i know i know), some sharp grapefruit, strawberry. end with some crisp sweet caramel

t: had a hard time the first few sips trying to pick something out - its a little flat at first. there is some pale wheaty-straw. there is some watery fruit in here as well. strawberry, apricot, grapefruit, pineapple. ends with a little punch of buttery flavor

m: its a lighter mouthfeel with almost no carbonation

o: well, i'll start by saying that there is nothing offensive in here. however, its a bit watery and has too much of that buttery flavor in here. everything seems a little too mixed together, and nothing is really pippin in here. its definitely an easy drinker - but seems to come at a cost of a little flavor (920 characters)

Photo of BenwayPHD
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Pours a hazy golden color with a thick two finger head. The nose is all hops all the time. I'm talking pine, pineapple, tangarine, orange juice, orange peel, lemon. You want it, it's there. The first thing you taste is the resiny hop bitterness, but that is quickly followed by the wheat flavor. I've got to say I like the smell more than the flavor. (351 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid citrus forward hop presence. (546 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale yellow with white sticky head. Nose is piney with notes of light grass, wheat, and a light graham cracker note. Taste is pine and Bitterness up front, not a whole lot of tropical notes coming through, the finish is light and crisp. This is a nice easy drinking hoppy brew, wishing there was more of the tropical notes like the descriptors on the can stated. Either way, tasty brew. (403 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Very clear, light gold. Not much head. Stark white lacing.

S - Hoppy, and as advertised, a little tropical fruit in the nose.

T - Hops appear first, then some malt, then some tropical fruit.

M - Light body, good carbonation and balance.

D - A very sessionable beer. (273 characters)

Photo of Pecan
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Contrary to what I was expecting from this wheat based beer, the pour was golden and clear. Nose is citrus and fruity hops, very inviting. Taste is up-front hops with light maltiness in the background. The finish is abrupt and leaves the mild nuttiness in the spotlight. After each sip, I felt like the beer was "dry" and was the biggest negative factor in this beer for me. Overall, a decent beer that I wouldn't mind having again though. (439 characters)

Photo of MusicaleMike
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (1,409 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz can into a snifter. Acquired as an extra in a trade with Henry - thanks man!

Pours a clear golden body with a decent sized white head that sticks around for a while, eventually reducing to a thick ring and layer of foam.

Very nutty on the nose, peanuts, caramel, toffee.. on the tongue it's similar, nutty, lots of wheat, not much hops except for the resinous zing on the finish that doesn't stick around very long.

Interesting beer.. not sure what to think of this. Not getting the advertised "tropical" character (539 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (695 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%

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. (482 characters)

Photo of Brew_42
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours orange/gold and cloudy with a decent amount of white head that lasts for a decent amount of time. Really good looking beer.

Smell-Citrus and hops

Taste- Big wheat flavor up front with hops following shortly after. None of the sweetness others are mentioning but maybe I just missed it.

MF- Crisp and refreshing

Overall-Refreshign summer beer. I was hoping for more of the tropical taste the beer promised but still good. (430 characters)

Photo of JohnCassillo
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Thick head that sticks around for awhile. Pours a hazy amber-gold color.

S: Grapefruit, apricot, other tropical and citrus fruits all jump straight toward you.

T: Wheat and tropical zest in equal, balanced measure.

M: Crisp, clean with a nice carbonation; goes down incredibly well as a very light-bodied beer.

O: An excellent warm weather/beach beer that doesn't need a high ABV to be high on flavor. Wheat beer lover? APA fan? This beer is right up your alley. (469 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks, Abraham.

A mildly hazy orange with a dense off white head with solid retention and lacing, this looks good. Not surprisingly, this doesn't smell like an APWA. Instead, its massively hoppy with plenty of bright citrus and tropical fruit, so much so that it smells like fruit juice. Mango and peach are most prominent. A mild grainy backbone is noticeable as well. Excellent.

The palate opens bright and fruity with juicy mango and peach along with grapefruit and oranges. This is followed by an earthy, mildly crackery malt backbone, dry, snappy, mildly crisp and with some wheat. Drying on the finish with lingering peach with a faint bitterness and grainy huskiness, this beer is light in body and is highly carbonated, more than I'd like in fact. Very good. (773 characters)

Photo of mabermud
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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. (349 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can from Craftshack
Pours a crystal clear deep golden color with a smallish bubbly white head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of onion and floral,resiny, pine hops. Light spicy wheat malt deep in the background. Flavor follows the aroma quite well but allows the malt to come a bit further from the background. Spicy lightly tart wheat malt flavor offset with lots of green onion and resinous hop flavor. Moderate hop bitterness is never harsh. Medium to light body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a slick almost tart mouthfeel. I was pleasantly surprised by this brew, as I often don't like wheat beer. Great spicy hoppy flavor and aroma. (656 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (1,524 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can thanks to rudzud.

Pours a decent creamy smaller fizzy 1/2 finger head fades at a fair pace, decent lacing. Mostly clear amber honey orange color.

Nose big fruity hops, generic stone like fruit, touch citrus, little faint tropical citrus and fruity bubblegum, all very light, and a bit of pine and resin in the background.

Taste is more fruity but fades hops, little bitterness, some dank resin and musty hop, very faint tropical notes and some stone fruit, fair wheat and grainy almost creamy wheat, little fruity bubblegum, etc. Little pine like pineapple skin. Finish is fair bitterness, bit dry but sticky, more mild resin and pine like hops.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, hint creamy, decent carb.

Overall ok but nothing special. Feels like it's a bit old. (772 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear light copper orange hue with a thin head that fades to leave light wisps and a thin halo.

S - Aromas of nice wheat, light sweet malts, hops smell old and are unfortunately faded. Light orange, maybe some super faded tropical aromas.

T - Taste is stronger wheat, light malts, sweet, but not cloy, hops are nice, lightly bitter with faint citrus and older tropical pineapple. Like a slightly over ripe pineapple wedge that's been in the fridge for too long. Nice pine notes.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, somewhat watery. Very drinkable.

O - Overall this beer wasn't bad, just hopefully old. (683 characters)

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Fortunate Islands from Modern Times Beer
93 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.