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Fortunate Islands - Modern Times Beer

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

463 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 463
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 70
Gots: 41 | 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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JDV

Texas

1.89/5  rDev -54.5%

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.

07-23-2014 01:48:14 | More by JDV
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rspauldi

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

06-02-2014 02:23:09 | More by rspauldi
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ThatsThatDude

New York

3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

06-04-2014 00:36:56 | More by ThatsThatDude
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Jaywalsh20

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

05-08-2014 23:31:51 | More by Jaywalsh20
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atpca

California

3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

08-31-2014 02:43:56 | More by atpca
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

10-31-2013 18:14:13 | More by GRG1313
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Boski

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

05-02-2014 01:14:42 | More by Boski
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TrojanRB

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

06-21-2014 23:50:05 | More by TrojanRB
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jjh19

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

06-06-2014 18:57:13 | More by jjh19
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krl2112

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

05-25-2014 01:41:58 | More by krl2112
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drewone

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

10-18-2013 07:16:07 | More by drewone
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djaeon

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

11-10-2013 01:39:06 | More by djaeon
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ralphw56

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

04-28-2014 03:54:23 | More by ralphw56
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thomda11

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

07-14-2014 04:30:25 | More by thomda11
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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

05-23-2014 22:38:15 | More by dfhhead25
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ThurmondTX

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

07-06-2014 02:19:04 | More by ThurmondTX
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

11-07-2013 14:02:08 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Norseman

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

07-24-2014 23:10:38 | More by Norseman
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ImperialStout

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

04-06-2014 17:14:23 | More by ImperialStout
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Paccamacca

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

12-08-2013 16:10:53 | More by Paccamacca
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Unchi

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

10-21-2013 14:15:03 | More by Unchi
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Honeybourne

California

3.56/5  rDev -14.2%

09-02-2014 04:11:48 | More by Honeybourne
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Hendrick24

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev -13.3%

08-30-2014 02:33:29 | More by Hendrick24
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augustgarage

California

3.61/5  rDev -13%

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.

05-17-2014 01:04:11 | More by augustgarage
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hopsputin

California

3.73/5  rDev -10.1%

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

07-01-2014 04:54:40 | More by hopsputin
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Fortunate Islands from Modern Times Beer
92 out of 100 based on 463 ratings.