Fortunate Islands - Grapefruit Zest | Modern Times Beer

Fortunate Islands - Grapefruit ZestFortunate Islands - Grapefruit Zest
BA SCORE
4.06/5
171 Ratings
Fortunate Islands - Grapefruit ZestFortunate Islands - Grapefruit Zest
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Modern Times Beer
California, United States
moderntimesbeer.com

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by wethorseblanket on 03-07-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,607
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
171
pDev:
6.16%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
23
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 171 |  Reviews: 48
Photo of ECOBOOSTINST
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle I had yesterday was dated 07/28/16. Could tell it had some age on it with the amount of maltyness coming through. Although not undrinkable, I don't feel I got the true flavors of this beer, still descent though.

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Photo of JuiceMan818
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dexterk1
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer is so tasty. It pours a blonde-golden color with a lot of fluffy head.

The aroma is of candied grapefruit rinds, light lemon, bread, and pine.

Flavor is so delicious. Tons of lovely grapefruit, juicy orange, cracker, with a finish of lemon.

Feel is crisp and smooth, yet still creamy.

Overall this beer is so good it's not worth philosophising over, it's just something you tip back and enjoy the heck out of. I love it. Boom.

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Photo of anon
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StephenCollinsMarshall
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of VABA
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RobinLee
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Biggtriksta
3.19/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: A bright golden yellow with some bubbles. Not much head. Light passes directly through - clearly a filtered beer.

S: I'm really not picking much up on the nose. What I do pick up contains some light fruity aromas. A little buttery. Very slightest hint of grapefruit.

T: Definitely getting a bit of the grapefruit. I'm also getting a little bit of that buttery taste. Not much in the way of malts or hops.

M: Drinks like an easy-going beer. It's very light overall. Not much alcohol and has the mouthfeel of a lager or pilsner.

O: I'm let down with this. Perhaps because this beer is 4 months old? I'm not sure. It's not very sweet or fruity and I don't get much in the way of hops.

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Photo of Alphakitty
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nugganooch
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with standard mason jar
Noted on 08/16/15

Just like the regular Fortunate Islands now with real grapefruit added.
Actually this is one of those instances in which the fruit additions not only complements but also enhances the base brew.
The color hits somewhere between a dark golden and a pale amber. Nicely conditioned for that pristine look. Effervescent with bubbles expanding up into a cloud of frothy white.
A surprise of…Grapefruit up front. Very real and natural citrus oils in the nose. Pithy and slightly herbal. Wheaty grains and a bit of floral essence make up the rest.
Grapefruit front and center with a trailer of earthy pith/rind and herbs. Zesty and forward with some real natural citrus flavor. Wheat malt shines through in the base. Original hops become a bit lost but this is still nice. Moderate to lower side of the bittering scale. Very light and sometimes watery but with a nice drying crisp. Makes for good balance here. I enjoyed this more than the base brew I feel however scores slightly lower if that makes any sense at all.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A tasty update to the original Fortunate, which has been frustratingly inconsistent for me otherwise. As advertised, this smacks you with grapefruit zest right off the top and keeps swinging on the palate. I appreciate that - if you're gonna make a grapefruit-laced hoppy beer, let 'er rip, I say. Well done.

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Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled date of 07/28/16

Appearance - Pours slightly hazy and golden orange in color with an off-white, half finger width head that fizzes away fairly quickly, leaving behind a mostly barren surface and a thin, bubbly ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell - Tons of grapefruit on the nose. Underlying wheat.

Taste - Big punch of grapefruit essence upfront, then dies a quick, watered down death. Faint wheat and some mild lemon in the finish to go with the grapefruit.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied with low-to-moderate carbonation. Easy drinker, but watery on the finish.

Overall - Nearly as weak as the original incarnation, but with the obviously added grapefruit zest to the brew. I'd say this may have been a victim of old age, but it's only 4 months since the bottling date and the OG was nearly as weakly flavored. Maybe I should give Mega Fortunate Islands a go? If I do, no expectations will be had for it.

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Photo of BEER88
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of harsley
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rfgetz
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brpendergast85
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of liquorpig
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jcoleMA66
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JakerLou
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Daniellobo
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 171 ratings
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