Fortunate Islands - Modern Times Beer

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Reviews: 101
Hads: 802
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.03%
Wants: 113
Gots: 111 | FT: 9
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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 WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev -5%
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. (1,524 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev -5%
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. (772 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4/5  rDev -5%
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. (683 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy orange yellow color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-big tropical fruit, wheat, hint of pine

T-wheat malt, orange, mango, pineapple, light pine, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and refreshing

O-delicious wheat beer, very flavor and easy drinking, would be a great summer session beer (336 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can from j47paco (only one of an incredible array of extras!). Canned 4/4/14. Served in a goblet.

Pours a hazy orange gold with two fingers of fluffy white head. Decent retention and some sizeable clumps of lace.

Lots of tropical fruit on the nose. Mandarin, peaches and a faint sweet caramel.

The taste is full of the tropical hop goodness detected in the aromas. Oranges, pineapple, peach, guava, passion fruit, honey, mild pine, wheat cracker and a little sugar. Super flavorful without being overly bitter, this is so freaking easy to drink.

Smooth, medium feel with moderate carbonation. Crisp finish with more of those nice tropical citrus hops and a wheaty sweetness.

American pale wheat ales have never been a go-to style for me but this is perhaps my favorite example so far (dethroning Gumballhead). Smooth, delicious and one of the easiest drinking beers I've ever had. I'm really looking forward to cracking open the other cans of Modern Times that I just received. Try this if you can. (1,013 characters)

Photo of Sumdeus
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can.

A: a bright golden pour. Decent head.

S: tropical fruits like pineapple, not super strong but the smell meets the description on thecan of tropical.

T: tropical fruits, some malt. Tart finish almost. Really tasty.

M: crisp, clean finish. Thick feel.

O: while wheat beers are what got me into craft they have fallen out of my favor as I explored new styles, but this is awesome. This is a wheat bet beer that I look forward to. It's really great. (460 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (565 characters)

Photo of WarEagleJeep
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy amber orange, nice creamy white head with lacing

S: Big amarillo hops, grapefruit, and as it warms up you get more wheat malt

T: Crisp citrus, fruity wheat flavors, and mild grapefruit pith bitterness on the finish

M: Solid carbonation and smooth medium feel

O: Great hoppy wheat beer without IPA levels of bitterness. Amarillo hops dominates the aroma and flavor a little but the wheat malt balances it out nicely. Another Modern Times beer I wish I could get locally. (491 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
3.64/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tipped off to this from The Mad Fermentationist - my keg of homebrew hefeweizen is nearly kicked, so now is a good time to try this. Poured from a pint can into my Moonlight shaped pint glass.

Gorgeous gamboge to amber gradient, cloudy with an active white cap that recedes to a delicate half finger; weakly soapy lacing, vague legs.

Lovely herbaceous/citrus combination from the amarillo and citra hops - a pungent fruity/weedy aroma with a hint of cotton candy.

Tang and lemongrass on the palate, sweet and tart but drying out with an increasing slightly grainy malt note into the finish. The caravienna seems to come through loud and clear, despite probably being a very small percentage of the malt bill. Mild bitterness throughout.

A little thin perhaps, with a sensation of astringency from the hop oils. Could do with a little more carbonation to increase the body, but then this might increase the bite of the hops a bit too much?

This is a clever beer, but I'm not sure the heavy hopping mates well with the wheat base - an IPA or a wheat beer can be refreshing on a hot day (97F as I type this), but I don't think the fusion works for me. (1,156 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: 12-oz. mug
From: BevMo! in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $9.79 for a 4-pack
Purchased: April 26, 2014
Consumed: April 26, 2014
Misc.: Use by Aug. 15, 2014

Poured a honey, caramel, semi-clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy white head. Nice amount of uneven layered lacing along the sides of the glass. Above average retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled sharp grapefruit, tropical hops, citrus hops, floral hops, grapefruit rind, tangerine, orange and Amarillo hops (I am real bad at knowing exact hops, so the can helped me here). Either way, just fantastic.

Taste wasn’t quite as good as the smell. More resin and skunkiness than the smell. Got bitter grapefruit, resin hops, tropical hops, citrus hops, floral hops, orange zest, tangerine rind, honey wheat and caramel.

Light body. Oily-to-thin texture. Average carbonation. Refreshing, abrupt finish.

Just a really good beer. I loved it. Can’t wait to have another. (978 characters)

Photo of N_Schleret
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a cloudy light golden color with a 1 1/2 finger head that dissipates slowly, good lacing.
S: Tropical fruits with pineapple, orange, mango. Light pine and malt.
T: Again with tropical fruits and malt.
M: Light body, medium carbonation, light bitterness, and a slight dry finish.
O: Very easy to drink. Would be perfect for drinking all day long on a hot summer day. (375 characters)

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.25/5  rDev +1%
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! (434 characters)

Photo of FocusDave
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass. Don't see a "canned on" date, so can't speak to freshness. Drinking with a Trader Joe's corn masa chicken pizza. I'll let the Cicerones tell me whether that's a good pairing or not.

A - Light golden color with a little bit of haze. Barely a half finger of white foamy head with 2-3 minutes retention. Constant stream of bubbles rising to the surface. Getting quite a bit of foamy lacing.

S - I am reminded of when Shocktop attempted to make a "wheat IPA," except this actually smells good. Nice aggressive piney hop presence in the nose with a little bit of fruitiness. If I did a blind smell of this beer, my guess would have been IPA or extra pale.

T - After the first sip I said "wow." Up front it's a blast of earthy hop flavor, but with a very distinct bread-like wheat finish. Citrusy sweet throughout. Very nice.

M - Feels a little heavy up front, but that aggressive hop profile cleans your palate and finishes nice and dry.

O - As I've gotten more into craft beer, I pretty much wrote off American wheat ales. Modern Times has renewed my faith in US brewers. Excellent beer, and at less than $3 for a pint and 4.8% ABV, I could drink this all day. (1,204 characters)

Photo of Dad_of_Rad
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: slightly cloudy, dirty gold color. Won't say it's a very pretty beer, just average.

S: Citra right up front. Juicy pineapple and citrus with some dank ness.

T: up front bitterness that mellows nicely, citrusy

M: thin bodied, easy drinker, low ABV is good because this is definitely an outside beer

Really enjoyable beer. Picked up while on vacation in SD. Like others said, very much like Gumballhead, which I love. (422 characters)

Photo of McRyan
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really glad I was able to try this. Thanks @jnbeer for the extra in a trade!

Smell- Citra citra and more citra come through right away and the Amarillo makes for a different smell I'm not used to but loved it!

Taste- Best of bother worlds here really hoppy PA but the wheat mellows out the bitterness. You could easily drink a 6 pack of these and still be able to walk and have your palate in tact!

Overall- Reminds me of Gumballhead right away. I wish i could describe how the Amarillo tasted but I'm not sure if i have ever had it! Great beer pick this up and head to the beach and enjoy! (596 characters)

Photo of jerseyjoe555
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into pint glass

A- hazy unfiltered light orange yellowish with nice foamy head that quickly disappears

S- citrusy hops. Smells like an iPad

T- grapefruit hops with a taste of a wheat beer on the back end. Extremely refreshing

O- very tasty offering from modern times. Big fan of the hops melted in with the wheat beer. Very creative idea and if I could get this beer regularly it would be in my rotation especially during the hot and humid NJ summer months. (477 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of jacewg
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear light orange color leaning toward yellow/gold. Two finger head settles to a small ring. Spotty lacing.

Nose: Nose is outstanding. Big blast of tropical fruit and citrus. Hints of nutty malt and wheat.

Flavor: Brings a little more wheat character than the nose did. Lots of hop flavor - tropical fruit, citrus and citrus zest. Moderate bitterness. Finishes quick and dry with a little lingering hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Nicely done for the style. Quick and dry finish. Moderate bitterness. Very easy to drink. Light to medium body. Well carbed. Quite crisp.

Overall: I can't imagine a better hop fix on a hot day. Brings all of those big hop flavors in a small, crisp, easy drinking package. Outstanding. (731 characters)

Photo of MusicaleMike
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (1,409 characters)

Photo of JohnCassillo
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Thick head that sticks around for awhile. Pours a hazy amber-gold color.

S: Grapefruit, apricot, other tropical and citrus fruits all jump straight toward you.

T: Wheat and tropical zest in equal, balanced measure.

M: Crisp, clean with a nice carbonation; goes down incredibly well as a very light-bodied beer.

O: An excellent warm weather/beach beer that doesn't need a high ABV to be high on flavor. Wheat beer lover? APA fan? This beer is right up your alley. (469 characters)

Photo of Shallow_Gravy
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can to DFH/SN IPA glass

A - Vigorous pour yields a 3 finger fluffy white head atop a base of perfectly clear golden yellow ale. Bubbles seen racing up the glass. Nice head, with spotty lacing. Recedes to a thin cap.

S - Mandarin orange, guava, passion fruit, a touch of lemon, a slight crackeriness from the malts.

T - Follows the nose pretty much spot on. Lots of tropical fruit at the start that leaves behind a decent amount of bitterness and some cracker notes.

M - Spot on with the carbonation. Finishes fairly dry, with just a touch of creaminess that coats the tongue that leaves you wanting more.

O - This is as good a beer to beat the heat as I've ever tried. So light and refreshing while not sacrificing any flavor. Very hoppy for a sub-5% abv beer. Highly recommended. (786 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (777 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (648 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (1,548 characters)

Fortunate Islands from Modern Times Beer
93 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.