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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 Shallow_Gravy
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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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 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.

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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 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 DannyS
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got as an extra in a trade with Wuntrikpony.

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

A - pours a crystal clear amber with a finger of off-white head. Leaves multiple rings of lacing.

S - The simple, straightforward aroma of citric hops. It's uncomplicated but still really pleasant.

T - Mild to moderate on the bitterness but delivers a nice citrus and hop character, balanced by the mild sweetness of wheat malt. Definitely not a powerhouse pale ale, but just right, especially for its ABV.

M - Wish it were just a little more carbonated, but otherwise it's a smooth drinking brew.

Overall - I'd say this is the perfect session brew for a hardcore hophead. It's a simple and straightforward taste and aroma, but it's pulled off just right. If I could get this more often, this would definitely be a mainstay in my fridge.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This pours a hazy light orange with lemon yellow hues. Softly pastel with a thin head of loose foam that fell too fast to a very thin ring and left no lace. Nose bounds out of the glass with pine! Then mango and stone fruits. A crisp dry wheat scent with a touch of sweetness and hinting at bread. Lightly floral but to really intrigue this beer has a touch of hearty green herbal on it. Taste is light and bountiful with fruit. Mango, apricot, some tangerine. Brilliantly light on the palate. The malt is a crisp wheat cracker that's not too sweet. The herbal is the stuff that could have made onion but it stayed just shy and is delightful because it did not reach an oniony flavor. Faint little bit of pepper in the finish and as this warms a honey like scent. There is a hop bitter but it's gentle and starts in the mid palate. The pine is earthy and prominent. There is a touch of sour undertaste to the malt. By the time it gets to the short finish it's practically gone and this drinks like a dream. Refreshing, juicy and drinks and so easily you could have a dozen of these in a day and not get bored.

Thank you Jay ORear. =)

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Photo of 01001111
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Straw nectar.

S: Mango, banana, tropical fruits, isopropyl.

T: Mango, wheat, floral and bitter hop qualities, and a bit of grassy, yeast funk.

M: Light yet full. Refreshing juice.

O: A go-to summer beer and a bit of a grower. For a standard beer that doesn't aim to be over the top, Fortunate Islands is best in style.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can into Sam Adams flaired glass.

Appearance is light gold color with two finger rocky off white head that takes its time to settle. Slightly hazy, not much.

Aroma is awesome. Big peach, banana, pluot, blood orange, faint clove, rich bread, and an apricot jam. Smells like tropical fruit infused hefeweizen.

On the palate you get more of the wheat and yeast flavors with fresh baked bread, lemon zest, refined white pepper, banana, a touch of clove, and that grainy wheat character. Hops show up with pine and spruce, bright herbal notes, and a tropical fruit medley with pineapple being the dominant profile.

Mouthfeel is what you'd expect from a west coast pale ale and wheat beer. Heavy side of light body with nice carbonation.

Overall this is a truely unique drinking experience. Very well crafted and fantastic combination of flavors. The perfect summer beer and one that will appeal to wheat beer and pale ale drinkers alike. I am new to Modern Times but I can say this was a marvelous first impression.

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Photo of dannydetox
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I would rank this as one of the best of the new line of hoppy wheat session beers. Modern times certainly captured the big, tropical citrus aroma of the west coast ipa, and melded that into an easy-drinking afternoon sipper with just a touch of wheat body. Yellow gold in color, the beer has a thinner head that leaves minimal lacing. The aroma draws me in big time: guava, passion fruit, some orange peel. on the palate you get restrained bitterness with a touch of acidity, and a light to medium body due to the grain bill. the wheat gives it a better mouthfeel than some of the beers in this 4-5% session range. clean finish.

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Photo of buzzardman
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Hoppy, sweet caramel, hint of wheat.

Appearance: Poured from a 16oz. can. One finger head drops quickly clear golden/copper

Flavor: A lot of citrus, subtle sweetness, slight bitter finish, good hop balance and flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium, crisp then dry at end.

Overall: Nice balanced hoppy beer. Definitely get a big citrus taste after a few seconds. Very much like a good IPA but low alcohol so you could drink a number of these on a nice sunny day. $10.99 for 4 pack of 16oz can's.

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Photo of wuntrikpony
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured vigorously out the can into a pint glass. Smell of very lightly bready tropical fruit. Fantastic dry hop aroma. Papaya, melon, and a slight hint of mint in the nose. The taste hits you with a more lemon/lime note and fades into a slightly bitter, crackery flavor. What a fantastic beer this is. Seek it out.

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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 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 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 GetMeAnIPA
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of santomark
4.91/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

DO NOT LET THE NAME FOOL YOU! This is probably the most solid IPA I've had in awhile. Probably my favorite heady replacement here in So. Cal. Poured this beautiful gold, hazy color, wonder 2 finger head. Big vibrant hop notes, not just the bitter, but the citrus, mango, pineapple, oranges, just beautiful! For the taste, I'm surprised the ABV is 4.8, I finished a 4 pack myself without noticing. It's so drinkable. All in all, I will keep this in the rotation. A very solid brew and deserves a lot better reviews.

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Photo of smitty4657
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Love that they market this as a wheat beer when its one of the better IPAs I’ve had recently. Crisp citrusy nose - the Citra isn’t too powerful, though - and very drinkable, it reminds me of a more accessible Alpine IPA. Given the choice I'd take this over their hoppy amber (which resembles a more traditional IPA) though they're both fantastic.

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Photo of spunktrunk
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this beer the other day in a beer trade box.

Great color, perfect blend of citrus that gives it a grape fruit taste to it.

Excellent great wheat beer for someone who wants to get into IPA brews.

All around a great beer that I'd love to have available on the East Coast.

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Photo of rawfish
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear gold pour with a nice tow finger high fluffy white head. Retention is really good as the head stays through the entire drink, lacing arrives late in thick rings.

Light snappy, dry, soda cracker grains with lemony wheat that blends right into the bright floral and tropical hop aromas of mango, grapefruit, pineapple and pine resin. As the beer warms more dank aromas surface.

Light, unassuming grainy malt that provides a solid backing to the hop flavors of pine and grapefruit and lemon. Wheat character is very prevalent at the end finishing with moderate bitterness, a zesty flash and a somewhat stale cereal aftertaste.

Dangerously drinkable, alcohol is a non factor, light body with active carbonation. Lightly drying without any stickiness from the malt.

This bright wheat is flavorful as any IPA. Modern Times did a lot with this beer, low alcohol and nice hop character and great drinkablility make this a definite winner in my books.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the San Diego International Airport – 12/10/13
22oz pour into one of them yard house looking weizen style glasses

A: Super light caramel color with brilliant clarity and visible carbonation evident. Nice fluffy paper white cap rests on top for a few moments leaving behind some nice patch work of lace to the glass.

S: Aroma is super fruity with hops made up of fresh apricot, pineapple, and grapefruit with some underlying piney resin and tropical flowers. There is a hint of grainy malt character there that adds in a light sweetness but this one is expressively hoppy. Really nice nose that has me satisfied with my purchase.

T: Tastes more of citrus fruit and floral spice. Grapefruit, ripe melon, pine, and ganja berries. There is a grainy wheat cracker like malt character at the base that is very dry and snappy. Pretty much void of any sweetness which really accentuates the hops. Moderate amounts of perceived bitterness; this one leaves your enamel intact while maintaining a great hop presence. Alcohol is completely masked throughout the entire drink. Finishes dry and resinous with the herbals. Really nice brew and tasting super fresh.

M: Very light in body with an upper level of spritzy carbonation and high level of drying at the finish. A touch thin and watery at times. Pretty clean feel overall with a slightly resinous effect afterwards.

D: I crushed 88oz. at the paltry sum of $51US so yeah I would say it’s pretty good. Best brew I have had by MT thus far. Will keep this one on the radar for sure. Definitely one of the San Diego newbies worth checking out.

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Photo of pkalix
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

strong, pungent lemons, grapefruits, pineapple on the nose and the tongue. slick and oily feel in the mouth, and light and flavorful. easy to brew a great tasting product with a lower abv, I imagine, but this has a great flavor. lots of hops and bitterness, but relatively smooth. lots of tropical citrus feel but I cannot imagine what a wizard tastes like... very interesting and I little different. try it!

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Photo of Hendry
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color, one inch of white head, plenty of tiny bubbles, solid lacing.

Aroma is hop forward with light and bright tropical notes, grapefruit and pineapple.

Taste is also light and bright, lot of citrus hops, almost flowery, slight hint of crisp wheat, dry as a bone finish.

Mouthfeel is light medium, very easy drinking,very smooth.

I'd stack this hoppy wheat up against FFF Gumballhead any day. Really nice drinkability, on the light side, refreshing, highly recommended.

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Photo of zookerman182
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a golden yellow color with a one finger head.
Aroma is amazing, with tropical fruit and citrus.
Flavor is well balanced and simple. Citrus, mango, peach, pineapple.
Not as bitter as some but still enjoyable.
Mouthfeel is is nice, doesn't leave any memorable lingering flavors but that's tough to accomplish.
This beer surprised me, very pleasant...my only con is its abv is sub 5%.

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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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Fortunate Islands from Modern Times Beer
92 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.