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Fortunate Islands - Modern Times Beer

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391 Ratings
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Ratings: 391
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 65
Gots: 28 | FT: 2
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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
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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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

06-21-2014 00:28:20 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-26-2014 20:32:18 | More by kjkinsey
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

02-24-2014 05:14:50 | More by ygtbsm94
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-25-2014 01:58:02 | More by Texasfan549
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

10-31-2013 18:14:13 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

12-08-2013 19:09:43 | More by Knapp85
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largadeer

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-31-2014 08:23:08 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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

West Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: can

06-30-2014 22:12:28 | More by WVbeergeek
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: can

06-30-2014 01:19:23 | More by jlindros
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SocalKicks

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

07-22-2013 01:25:43 | More by SocalKicks
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mactrail

Washington

4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
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
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

04-27-2014 03:13:58 | More by mendvicdog
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beernads

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-15-2014 00:14:30 | More by beernads
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

06-26-2014 22:10:15 | More by yourefragile
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-26-2013 13:49:46 | More by InspectorBob
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DoubleJ

California

4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
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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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

01-27-2014 06:06:02 | More by zestar
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duceswild

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

11-26-2013 23:51:16 | More by duceswild
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superspak

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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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drewone

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-23-2014 03:30:03 | More by Gonzoillini
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mdaschaf

Washington

4/5  rDev -3.8%

04-04-2014 22:57:42 | More by mdaschaf
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

03-15-2014 03:57:41 | More by Kelp
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Fortunate Islands from Modern Times Beer
93 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.