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Fortunate Islands - Modern Times Beer

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

477 Ratings
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Ratings: 477
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 72
Gots: 42 | 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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Photo of superspak
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

superspak, Feb 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Bjlps, Feb 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

GraduatedCashew, Feb 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

woodenbones, Feb 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

CheapBeerBuzz, Feb 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

JKV96, Jan 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Corey76, Jan 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

largadeer, Jan 31, 2014
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

gjahn123, Jan 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

paulytasker, Jan 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

ricecracker420, Jan 31, 2014
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Gentleman, Jan 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

2beerdogs, Jan 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

zestar, Jan 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

crobinso, Jan 26, 2014
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.

johnnnniee, Jan 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

BGsWo22, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

wethorseblanket, Jan 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

wiltznucs, Jan 20, 2014
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

eulerthegrape, Jan 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Buick222, Jan 20, 2014
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4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into my pint tulip glass.

Clear orange color with good amount of bubbles streaming up. Nice creamy head. The aroma is amazing. Juicy tropical and sweet. It makes me just want to dive into the glass and imagine I am on a tropical island. Super drinkable with a light body but has a slight bitter bite. I could drink the whole four pack and not even know it.

I love citra hops and this is a good one to get my fix.

GetMeAnIPA, Jan 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

straightlambic, Jan 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

1Sunshine, Jan 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

thatinvisibo, Jan 18, 2014
Fortunate Islands from Modern Times Beer
92 out of 100 based on 477 ratings.