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Fortunate Islands - Modern Times Beer

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Reviews: 114
Hads: 873
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 23.91%
Wants: 123
Gots: 125 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Modern Times Beer visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.00% 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: 114 | Hads: 873
Photo of JDV
1.92/5  rDev -53.6%
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.

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Photo of Mikus
3.42/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

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Photo of GarrettB
3.47/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.64/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden straw color with a one finger white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Nice retention, taking a while to settle and coating the glass with streaks of soapy lacing. Good looking beer.

Earthy resinous hop aroma with grassy pine and a decent amount of citrus/tropical fruit, pale malt, banana and a light bubblegum presence. Hops overpower wheat elements but there's nice balance of tart grapefruit, pineapple sweetness, fresh cut grass, lemon peel, biscuit and cracker.

Lighter body than expected tasting more like a hoppy pale ale than a wheat beer. Not much wheat beer character actually. Some dry, earthy bitterness lingering throughout. Grassy pine needle and resinous oils followed by bread, biscuit, apple, pear and cracker. Light, crisp and refreshing with nice hop bitterness but it's a bit one dimensional masking the wheat beer elements.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Can received in a recent trade.

This one pours a clear orangey amber, with a one and a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like wheat, grapefruit, grassiness, and pine.

This is a very good session beer, if not a little unexciting. There's a nice crispness, and some husky wheat, with some smooth juicy hoppiness, some pine and grapefruit and orange, mainly.

This is medium bodied, with a very crisp and refreshing mouthfeel.

Not too bad, but I've had better from Modern Times.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
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

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Photo of mdagnew
3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint can bought online from the Brewdog shop

Poured a nice golden yellow colour. Slightly off white head poured pretty thick and rocky then faded to good one finger covering. Lots of carbonation rushes to the surface... decent sticky lacing...

Aroma - Lots of tropical juicy fruits up front (grapefruits, limes, pineapples), light pine, floral and grassy, light talcum powder traces, quite peppery, slightly perfumed

Taste - Wheaty and hoppy, again lots of tropical juicy fruits to the fore (grapefruits, limes, apples, grapes), floral and grassy, chalky traces, faint honey sweetness, some light metallic notes, citric hop bitterness, quite floral...

Mouthfeel - Pretty sharp and dry... light bodied... very, very refreshing and quaffable especially at only 4.8%

Overall - An excellent hopped up quaffable Wheat beer... would be a perfect summer brew. Definitely recommended...

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Photo of BenwayPHD
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.85/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of Pecan
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

L - Completely transparent light orange. Less than a finger of white head.

S - Wheat, lemon, and underlying caramel. Subtle, but smells nice.

T - All wheat beer with little-to-no tropical juices, but some candied orange and lemon zest fight for attention in the middle o the mouth. Finish has a nice hop bite.

F - Spot-on for the style as it is light and crisp without being watery.

O - Enjoyable pale wheat ale, but I wish it delivered on the promised tropical juices.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.89/5  rDev -6%
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

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Photo of Stevedore
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
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.

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Photo of Brew_42
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can. Pours an orangey hue. Slightly hazy. Aroma is of citrusy hops and dried wheat. Not a diverse array of tropical fruit flavors like the label says. I found it to be decidedly citrusy. The wheat flavor in the finish is quite delicious. Dry, wheat finish. Not very intricate or complex. The flavors that exist are pretty tasty, though. Lighter bodied, plenty of flavor. Wish this was around my area. I would purchase it if I could.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great little session-sort of ale, all hopped up on tropical fruit, Citra out the nose, perhaps a bit full feeling because of the wheat, but altogether a fun and novel take on a sub-5% ABV wheat ale.

(Edit: Recipe appears to have changes slightly, with the ABV @ 5% flat now. Not sure what else has changed, but I can't say I'm enjoying recent cans as much as previously. The aroma is still nice, though not quite as rich in tropical goodness. The body also hints at a sort of wateriness that I don't remember it having previously. I dunno. Maybe it's just changing palates and all that. Still a nice brew, but not the unique session beer I remember it as.)

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Photo of JohnCassillo
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Fortunate Islands from Modern Times Beer
92 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.