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Fortunate Islands - Modern Times Beer

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Ratings: 599
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 83
Gots: 56 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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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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4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- color is a clear gold, scattered carbonation within the beer, pours 3 fingers of white, frothy head, about a half finger remains throughout with nice lacing.
Aroma is very pleasant, a solid presence of tropical fruit and citrus notes, with the wheat in the background. The flavor is very nice and crisp, citrus hop notes upfront, including oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit, with creamy wheat in the backbone. Texture is crisp upfront with a touch of dryness, finishes with a bit of cream on the tongue, carbonation is quite mild.
Overall; a tasty and balanced, light, experience. One of the best wheat beers out there IMO, hope to drink lots of this next summer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can obtained on trade (thanks, Dr. J.S.) from the greater San Diego area, unknown brewing/canning date, poured into my Smoke & Barrel snifter glass, drank over 30-45 minutes

A: 3/3 - golden-orange coloration, low clarity (cannot read or see through) but appropriate for a hoppy wheat, 1/4 glass lacing with lakes cling to the glass, low-to-moderate carbonation; small alcohol legs

A: 10/12 - moderate intensity mandarin orange, tangerine, pineapple, mango and pine; don't get much wheat or other malt character on the nose; little alcohol aroma; no DMS; no diacetyl

T: 16/20 - moderate hop bitterness hits up front; in the middle of the palate, the tropical fruit and citrus notes open up - again, tangerine, mango, papaya - with some pine; slightly bready and wheat funkiness; on the backend, there is a continuing sweetness that slight lingers; little alcohol flavors; finishes inviting of subsequent sips

M: 4/5 - thin body but slightly accentuated by hop oils coating the tongue; low-to-moderate carbonation

O: 9/10 - excellent sessionable wheat that I'd place right up there with Lil' Sumptin' Sumptin' and Gumballhead; the Citra and Amarillo combination plays really well, and I'd argue, is greater than the sum of it's parts; definitely recommend purchasing or trading for if you like hoppy, sessionable wheats in Summer

TOTAL - 42/50

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3.9/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

Fortunate Islands from Modern Times Beer
92 out of 100 based on 599 ratings.