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Fortunate Islands - Modern Times Beer

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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 7.38%

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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3.79/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2013 03:10:59 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Fifty Seven Degrees in San Diego. Gorgeous appearance in the tall Pilsner glass. Glowing amber color with a decent head. Wonderful aroma of passion fruit.

Flavor is so fruity with that yeasty Belgian tang. Toasty malt flavor with a light body. this is surprisingly bitter after a while. The wheat seems to sharpen it up, without any hint of the Hefeweizen sort of esters. A tasty Pilsner alternative. Crisp and just nicely sharp with the tropical aroma in every sip. A great quaff, and a fine addition to the lower-alcohol roster.

10/07/2013 update: Had this again at Cueva Bar where they called it a "hoppy wheat." The gigantic aromatics make me think of Citra hops, and the crisp, sudsy mouthfeel adds to the pleasure. An outstanding beer that I hope is the wave of the future for San Diego.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2013 06:00:21 | More by mactrail
Photo of DoubleJ


4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Modern Times is attempting to sharpen my geography skills. Let's see, we have the Northern Mariana Islands, Marshall Islands, Cook Islands, Midway Islands, Cayman Islands, but where the heck are the Fortunate Islands? They must be on another planet, because they certainly aren't on Earth. For now, I'll accept it as another beer offering out of this up and coming brewery. Out of a 16 ounce can, on to the beer:

Golden yellow colored and a little hazy inside the body. On top is a head which retains an inch of head throughout the journey, leaving behind a trail of lacing around the glass. When I first heard of Fortunate Islands, I thought of an out of the way paradise. At the very least it smells as such. A big tropical paradise with fresh grass, passionfruit, cantaloupe, and fruit punch.

American wheat ales aren't generally this hoppy nor flavorful, however Fortunate Islands begs to differ. This is a full flavored ale with a strong hoppy flavor. The mix of tropical fruits with grass works very well, and alongside has a spiced note akin to rye (although none was used in this beer). Although very flavorful, it retains a lighter body and is easy to drink without being very bitter.

Why are brewers working so hard to create "Session IPA's" now? Modern Times has hit the nail on the head with this hoppy wheat ale. I'm not only glad to come across a new standard among American wheats, but to see Modern Times not risk any gimmicky name calling, where "India Pale Wheat" or "Session IPA" would come across the minds of other brewers.

Serving type: can

02-28-2014 02:10:39 | More by DoubleJ
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with BeerBaron666. 16 ounce can into pint glass; no canning date, but should be pretty fresh. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, mango, passion fruit, pineapple, lemon zest, orange zest, floral, grass, light pine, wheat, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops with a light-moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of big tangerine, mango, passion fruit, pineapple, lemon zest, orange zest, floral, grass, pine, wheat, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, mango, passion fruit, pineapple, lemon/orange zest, floral, grass, light honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops with a light-moderate malt presence; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is an outstanding hoppy wheat ale. All around fantastic balance and complexity of bright hops and light-moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: can

02-06-2014 00:06:55 | More by superspak
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New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: can

01-25-2014 02:05:23 | More by johnnnniee
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Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz Can from Total Wine Palm Desert for $3

Appearance - Amber colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, grapefruit, apricot, pineapple

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, grapefruit, and hops. There is also some apricot, pineapple, and a sugary sweetness.

Overall - I swear this beer has some of the flavours found in Heady Topper. A nice very drinkable and flavourful brew. Looking forward to trying more from this brewer.

Serving type: can

03-02-2014 01:21:35 | More by spinrsx
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3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2013 15:06:40 | More by ehammond1
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3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: can

10-27-2013 20:59:20 | More by srandycarter
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4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the San Diego International Airport – 12/10/13
22oz pour into one of them yard house looking weizen style glasses

A: Super light caramel color with brilliant clarity and visible carbonation evident. Nice fluffy paper white cap rests on top for a few moments leaving behind some nice patch work of lace to the glass.

S: Aroma is super fruity with hops made up of fresh apricot, pineapple, and grapefruit with some underlying piney resin and tropical flowers. There is a hint of grainy malt character there that adds in a light sweetness but this one is expressively hoppy. Really nice nose that has me satisfied with my purchase.

T: Tastes more of citrus fruit and floral spice. Grapefruit, ripe melon, pine, and ganja berries. There is a grainy wheat cracker like malt character at the base that is very dry and snappy. Pretty much void of any sweetness which really accentuates the hops. Moderate amounts of perceived bitterness; this one leaves your enamel intact while maintaining a great hop presence. Alcohol is completely masked throughout the entire drink. Finishes dry and resinous with the herbals. Really nice brew and tasting super fresh.

M: Very light in body with an upper level of spritzy carbonation and high level of drying at the finish. A touch thin and watery at times. Pretty clean feel overall with a slightly resinous effect afterwards.

D: I crushed 88oz. at the paltry sum of $51US so yeah I would say it’s pretty good. Best brew I have had by MT thus far. Will keep this one on the radar for sure. Definitely one of the San Diego newbies worth checking out.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2013 23:26:18 | More by Nugganooch
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4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

strong, pungent lemons, grapefruits, pineapple on the nose and the tongue. slick and oily feel in the mouth, and light and flavorful. easy to brew a great tasting product with a lower abv, I imagine, but this has a great flavor. lots of hops and bitterness, but relatively smooth. lots of tropical citrus feel but I cannot imagine what a wizard tastes like... very interesting and I little different. try it!

Serving type: can

12-07-2013 21:50:43 | More by pkalix
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4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear gold pour with a nice tow finger high fluffy white head. Retention is really good as the head stays through the entire drink, lacing arrives late in thick rings.

Light snappy, dry, soda cracker grains with lemony wheat that blends right into the bright floral and tropical hop aromas of mango, grapefruit, pineapple and pine resin. As the beer warms more dank aromas surface.

Light, unassuming grainy malt that provides a solid backing to the hop flavors of pine and grapefruit and lemon. Wheat character is very prevalent at the end finishing with moderate bitterness, a zesty flash and a somewhat stale cereal aftertaste.

Dangerously drinkable, alcohol is a non factor, light body with active carbonation. Lightly drying without any stickiness from the malt.

This bright wheat is flavorful as any IPA. Modern Times did a lot with this beer, low alcohol and nice hop character and great drinkablility make this a definite winner in my books.

Serving type: can

12-27-2013 05:44:31 | More by rawfish
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours from a 16 ounce can a very slightly hazed amberish orange with an initial 1/2" white head which fades quickly to a thin cap and rim leaving some spotty lace.

N: Bursting with pungent tropical fruits (mango, passion fruit), citrus (grapefruit, lemon, tangerine), and faint kiwi too. Some sweetish malts for balance. Herbal and floral.

T: More lemony and wheat, although not as much wheat as I expected, which is good. Still plenty of dry-hopped Citra and Amarillo flavors which are well balanced.

M: Semi-moderate body and carbonation. Dry and slightly bitter with wheat and malt on the finish.

O: Such an easy drinker. Well done.

Serving type: can

01-22-2014 03:12:50 | More by wethorseblanket
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New York

4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This pours a hazy light orange with lemon yellow hues. Softly pastel with a thin head of loose foam that fell too fast to a very thin ring and left no lace. Nose bounds out of the glass with pine! Then mango and stone fruits. A crisp dry wheat scent with a touch of sweetness and hinting at bread. Lightly floral but to really intrigue this beer has a touch of hearty green herbal on it. Taste is light and bountiful with fruit. Mango, apricot, some tangerine. Brilliantly light on the palate. The malt is a crisp wheat cracker that's not too sweet. The herbal is the stuff that could have made onion but it stayed just shy and is delightful because it did not reach an oniony flavor. Faint little bit of pepper in the finish and as this warms a honey like scent. There is a hop bitter but it's gentle and starts in the mid palate. The pine is earthy and prominent. There is a touch of sour undertaste to the malt. By the time it gets to the short finish it's practically gone and this drinks like a dream. Refreshing, juicy and drinks and so easily you could have a dozen of these in a day and not get bored.

Thank you Jay ORear. =)

Serving type: can

02-26-2014 21:16:46 | More by utopiajane
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On Tap at Modern Times, San Diego, CA.

Straight up, Raul looked over at his buddy while sipping on this sucker and said, "This thang is so damn good..." And yeah, buddy, Raul is feeling it like his crush on Candice Smith in the 4th grade.

Raul been lovin him some Pale Wheats lately and Fortunate Islands just may be the Tahiti of them all: hoppy perfection.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2013 20:16:00 | More by RaulMondesi
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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.

Serving type: can

03-19-2014 00:40:55 | More by MusicaleMike
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4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber gold with a two-finger fluffy white head, solid retention and nice lace. Big tropical and citrus fruit aromas, mostly lemon and orange with noticeable pineapple and grapefruit. Crisp hop bitterness overlays a grainy malt foundation, accompanied by a gentle peppery spice. Medium body and carbonation, creamy mouthfeel and a clean hoppy finish.

Serving type: can

03-07-2014 23:32:50 | More by jbaker67
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4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thick, ~3 finger fluffy, flat-white head. Slightly hazy, but overall fairly clear golden amber brew. Good retention, and thick lines of lacing.

Big hop aroma consistent with Citra and Amarillo. Tropical fruit, lighter citrus, sharp lemon, and a noticeable wheat backbone (comes across slightly biscuity).

Really nice interpretation of a dry hopped wheat beer. Citra hops are dominant in the flavor, giving it a sweet, at times sharp, and at times dank hop character. Flat wheat malt profile really allows the hops to ride the entire way.

Body is surprisingly light; long, slightly dry finish. Extremely drinkable. Would be a fantastic beer for the Summer!

The hop flavor in this beer stands out more than in a hoppy APA. The malts are really, really just in the background.

Serving type: can

03-06-2014 21:24:21 | More by Roguer
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color, one inch of white head, plenty of tiny bubbles, solid lacing.

Aroma is hop forward with light and bright tropical notes, grapefruit and pineapple.

Taste is also light and bright, lot of citrus hops, almost flowery, slight hint of crisp wheat, dry as a bone finish.

Mouthfeel is light medium, very easy drinking,very smooth.

I'd stack this hoppy wheat up against FFF Gumballhead any day. Really nice drinkability, on the light side, refreshing, highly recommended.

Serving type: can

12-05-2013 04:00:04 | More by Hendry
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 16oz can into New Belgium globe

A-Pours a medium yellow gold color one finger sized white foamy head. Very good lacing.

S-The aroma is fruity and sweet, pineapple, mango and other tropicals, with some hops. The malts are cereal and wheat, fruity and sweet. The hops are citrusy and piney.

T-A lot of tropical flavors, yet not overly sweet and the hops give it a nice dry finish.

M-Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Good carbonation.

O-This a great beer. This would be excellent in the summer. Have to get some more when in San Diego.

Serving type: can

03-27-2014 02:19:06 | More by reebtaerG
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New York

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got as an extra in a trade with Wuntrikpony.

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

A - pours a crystal clear amber with a finger of off-white head. Leaves multiple rings of lacing.

S - The simple, straightforward aroma of citric hops. It's uncomplicated but still really pleasant.

T - Mild to moderate on the bitterness but delivers a nice citrus and hop character, balanced by the mild sweetness of wheat malt. Definitely not a powerhouse pale ale, but just right, especially for its ABV.

M - Wish it were just a little more carbonated, but otherwise it's a smooth drinking brew.

Overall - I'd say this is the perfect session brew for a hardcore hophead. It's a simple and straightforward taste and aroma, but it's pulled off just right. If I could get this more often, this would definitely be a mainstay in my fridge.

Serving type: can

02-27-2014 23:38:14 | More by DannyS
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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - A golden yellow with a slight haze. A two inch, off-white head that is soft and fluffy. Leaves lacing on the glass as the head dissipates.

Aroma - Fruity hop flavors (pineapple, mango, passion fruit). Slight touch malt in the back end.

Taste - Same as the aroma.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, refreshing, light to medium bodied, not overly bitter, crisp.

Overall - A flavorful and refreshing brew; perfect for a hot summer day!

Serving type: can

04-13-2014 12:41:08 | More by ChrisL24481
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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I would rank this as one of the best of the new line of hoppy wheat session beers. Modern times certainly captured the big, tropical citrus aroma of the west coast ipa, and melded that into an easy-drinking afternoon sipper with just a touch of wheat body. Yellow gold in color, the beer has a thinner head that leaves minimal lacing. The aroma draws me in big time: guava, passion fruit, some orange peel. on the palate you get restrained bitterness with a touch of acidity, and a light to medium body due to the grain bill. the wheat gives it a better mouthfeel than some of the beers in this 4-5% session range. clean finish.

Serving type: can

02-12-2014 03:48:25 | More by dannydetox
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4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a golden yellow color with a one finger head.
Aroma is amazing, with tropical fruit and citrus.
Flavor is well balanced and simple. Citrus, mango, peach, pineapple.
Not as bitter as some but still enjoyable.
Mouthfeel is is nice, doesn't leave any memorable lingering flavors but that's tough to accomplish.
This beer surprised me, very pleasant...my only con is its abv is sub 5%.

Serving type: can

12-02-2013 02:15:13 | More by zookerman182
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4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can into Sam Adams flaired glass.

Appearance is light gold color with two finger rocky off white head that takes its time to settle. Slightly hazy, not much.

Aroma is awesome. Big peach, banana, pluot, blood orange, faint clove, rich bread, and an apricot jam. Smells like tropical fruit infused hefeweizen.

On the palate you get more of the wheat and yeast flavors with fresh baked bread, lemon zest, refined white pepper, banana, a touch of clove, and that grainy wheat character. Hops show up with pine and spruce, bright herbal notes, and a tropical fruit medley with pineapple being the dominant profile.

Mouthfeel is what you'd expect from a west coast pale ale and wheat beer. Heavy side of light body with nice carbonation.

Overall this is a truely unique drinking experience. Very well crafted and fantastic combination of flavors. The perfect summer beer and one that will appeal to wheat beer and pale ale drinkers alike. I am new to Modern Times but I can say this was a marvelous first impression.

Serving type: can

02-13-2014 00:05:32 | More by MarcWP
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4.91/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

DO NOT LET THE NAME FOOL YOU! This is probably the most solid IPA I've had in awhile. Probably my favorite heady replacement here in So. Cal. Poured this beautiful gold, hazy color, wonder 2 finger head. Big vibrant hop notes, not just the bitter, but the citrus, mango, pineapple, oranges, just beautiful! For the taste, I'm surprised the ABV is 4.8, I finished a 4 pack myself without noticing. It's so drinkable. All in all, I will keep this in the rotation. A very solid brew and deserves a lot better reviews.

Serving type: can

01-14-2014 09:54:52 | More by santomark
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Fortunate Islands from Modern Times Beer
93 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.