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Fortunate Islands - Modern Times Beer

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Reviews: 106
Hads: 841
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 120
Gots: 117 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
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 brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear goldenstraw with a massive head that leaves lacing all over the place

Smell: Tropical fruit and citrus with perhaps a hint of bread

Taste: Wheat bread underpins the tropical fruit and citrus flavors from the hops; a bit grassy, too; lingering bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: This is what all American Wheats aspire to be when they grow up; best in style by a mile

Thanks, lincolnbeard, for the opportunity

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
4.11/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev -6%

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 smakawhat
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a wheat ale glass. Canned May 4th 2015.

Crystal clear body, with a deep brass gold yellow color. Excellent amounts of linear carbonation, most of it pinhead size, and much of it continuously rising and repeating. Head is a soapy bleach white at about three fingers, with a bit of shampoo sudsy retention. Manage to fall slowly, and look big and beautiful, great looking brew.

The goodness continues as the aroma delivers. Excellent hop forward bouquet with tropical and citric herbality. Hints of spicy tropical notes, a bit of mango and weedy garden green aroma to go with it. Hints towards smoke as well with large hop notes, and some sweet malt chewy hinting body. Real inviting and impressive.

Palate just comes wonderfully. A surprisingly dry finish that has a great hop bitterness, but very mellow. Juiced mid palate with hints of lemon and big tropical exotic fruit to go with it. A papaya like sweetness but also a much lighter body with not as big hinting wheat density as expected. Can't get over how tangy and tingly the finish is, but there's a big zesty and oily component as well with a stinging pine needle like sensation.

This is one interesting hop forward wheat, but just lacks some of the classic body of a good wheat ale that I would love to have. Everything else though is just an exceptional spectacular ride.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This stuff is dope as hell. Super hoppy; tropical as shit, bursting with mango, tangerine, passion fruit, guava, & load upon load of wet, weedy, mildly dank hops. Crisp body, drying finish from the wheat.

Reminds me of a miniature Alpine Nelson that you can smash all day with a little less of a hop presence but substantial punctuality given the lower ABV. I'm comparing the Zr1 to a Z06, here.

This blows Gumballhead out of the water by a light-year or two. It isn't even close. If this is available to you & you aren't drinking it, get your head checked, son.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottom of can says Canned On 05/25/15.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains decently before becoming a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Moderate hop character makes for a juicy citrus aroma

T- Nice, balanced taste of hops and wheat. So easy to drink and with plenty of flavor. Bitterness is mild but complementary.

M- Crisp and lightly sharp from the hops with medium carbonation and a light body.

O- A very crushable and tasty hoppy wheat that I could see myself drinking multiple of on the beach.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Thanks to grze for hooking up the tulip and an array of cans...enjoyed from said modern times tulip.

a - brew pours a semi transparent tan amber with a generous frothy IPA like head that never fully leaves, and leaves spotty lace in its wake.

s - nose is a burst of tropical hop. Rich and lush.

t/m/o - a wheat beer? Whatchya talkin about Willis? This is a west coast hop bomb, not a wheat beer. Really flavorful but not overdone like some west coasts can be. Really tastefully done, really easy drinking and refreshing. I wish I could get this locally. Great beer!

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #85 (Feb 2014):

Tropical, Hoppy, Wheat, Crushable

Named appropriately, this beer opens up with big fruity, tropical citrus notes. Stone fruits, mango, and passion fruit on the tongue. Hoppy but not bitter. Some leafiness and hint of dankness. Slightly wheaty, husky edge. Nutty and sweet malts provide balance. Palate is left wanting more. This is an outstanding hybrid beer (American Wheat Ale meets IPA) with an insane level of drinkability.

STYLE: American Pale Wheat Ale | ABV: 4.8% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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Photo of Stevedore
3.9/5  rDev -6%
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 atone315
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I could smell the hops pouring out of this beer the minute I popped the top. Thankfully, the taste matched the smell. Decent looking beer, nothing out of the ordinary....if I was able to score this routinely, I would drink it routinely.

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Photo of Zach136
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy yellow. Big pineapple-guava hop aroma, slightly less but still fairly intense on the palate. Little to no bitterness, crushable. A truly fantastic brew.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
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 ehammond1
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
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 homebrew311
3.82/5  rDev -8%
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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Fortunate Islands from Modern Times Beer
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