Fortunate Islands - Grapefruit Zest | Modern Times Beer

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Brewed by:
Modern Times Beer
California, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 172
Photo of GarrettB
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed at Toronado as part of a special Modern Times take over day. Largely dank smell. Stronger than I expected, given the advice the bartender gave me (advising that the Mega Blazing World was very strong). Lots of lemon, lemon grass, Persian lime, and the slightest touch of of juniper. Like a gin and tonic in the nose. Super light, super fluffy palate. And HELLO, there's the grapefruit. Bright, fresh, clean and cloudy. Like a grapefruit foam, honestly. The beer version of nouveau gastro cuisine. Long grapefruit aftertaste that's super clean and super clear and super fruity. The most brilliant, freshesht expression of grapefruit I've ever had in a beer.

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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 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 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 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 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 Dope
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7/28/16 bottle

A: Clear amber pour with a soft, fluffy white head. Decent head retention but sparse lacing.

S: Grapefruit for sure but a nice citra tropical fruit burst hiding behind it. Wheaty, yes.

T: Lots of citra tropical fruit and spicy pine. Grapefruit too, not as strong as I was expecting but it's there. Wheaty graininess on the back end. Finish is super duper dry; mouth-parchingly arid.

M: Lighter, smooth and very dry.

O: Interesting hoppy wheat. It's strange, I get mostly the hop bitterness but very little actual grapefruit. I wonder if it has faded already (almost 2 months old). It's there, just not as bold as I expected. Otherwise a nice fairly mild mannered hoppy brew.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden yellow with a frothy of white head that settles to a firm layer and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Citrus, no surprise here, plenty of grapefruit, tropical fruit, with a little wheat and light malt.

T: Zesty citrus, grapefruit, lemon, a little tangerine, tropical fruit, passion fruit and mango, plus a little wheat and light malt.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Looking at it as a session brew it's super refreshing. Stepping back a bit it comes off a bit light for my taste. I think a little more body would really push this one to the next level.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Golden in color with a half a finger of large bubbled white head. Extremely light and crisp. Citrus, zest, melon and cracker malt. Clean flavor. Pretty good but was looking for a bigger punch of flavor.

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Photo of BWood
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: hazy pilsner look with so so head and decent lace.

S: floral bouquet with citrus and grapefruit. Very nice.

T: grapefruit at the very end. Crisp hops up front.

F: average feel. Clean finish.

O: good beer. Nice on a hot day.

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Photo of Buck89
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden straw. Big smells of grapefruit, orange, mango, and wheat. Taste followed suit but much bigger than the ABV. Wonderful session beer. Definitely a keeper.

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

Sampled at a tasting. Pale yellow pour with a medium-height white head. Smells of grapefruit all the way. Tastes like grapefruit, citrus hops and honey. Crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear yellow color, white head. Aroma is full of grapefruit and citrusy hops. Taste is light and citrusy, refreshing and easy drinking. Really good session beer.

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Photo of kitch
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 22 oz bomber with no visible bottled on date, poured into a Spiegelau American wheat beer glass.

Appearance: It poured a very nice clear golden colour with a 2 finger puffy white head with pretty good retention that eventually settles to a thin layer and leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma: Strong grapefruit zest with some flowery and grassy notes. Tropicalness creeps in every now and then with mango and peach.

Taste: Much like the aromas, very strong grapefruit and grapefruit zest with a hint of mango. There is some mandarin sweetness and wheat flavours towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp, light bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: I have not tried the base beer, but this was very nice. Being light and crisp, it goes down very easy and could easily be an everyday beer for me. I would definitely buy more if I could, except that I can’t find this in Hong Kong…

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into ale glass

L: 3 finger head with moderate retention, leaves some lacing and a ring. Beer is light amber with carbonation bubbles.

S: Mmmm...grapefruit bomb. Very much along the lines of a certain dIPA we all know. Some wheatiness and grassiness. No alcohol.

T: Aaaand back to reality. Oh, it's good enough. A tiny bit of grapefruit up front with typical wheat ale (not witbier) profile. Clean, little bitterness.

F: Light bodied, pretty strong carbonation. Very drinkable. Dry finish.

O: It's good, and it is what it says it is. The nose definitely leads to a bit of a heightened expectation, but this is something you can drink all day.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau stout glass.. hey work with me here...

Crystal clear bronze shimmering body, wonderful fast rising carbonation coming up in buckets. Thick soapy head with a mix of froth. Three to four fingers tall, fleeting lace, and some good retention but dissolves pretty quick.

Aroma is truly zesty, large grapefruit, good oils and a soft hop and almost wet and chewy in character. Smells a bit of wet sensing, and clean.

Light slightly chewy body, but with a very clean quick texture. Great hop flavors of juiced grapefruit, tangerine, and orange. slight hint of a chewy body just a touch.

A good solid add to the Modern Times catalogue

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Photo of Brolo75
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber poured into a pint glass

A: Pour pale golden color, lots of floaties, good amount of carbonation streaming up the side, billowy white head did not last, lots of lacing, looks pretty good.

A: Hints of grapefruit on the nose, light floral, definitely getting some grassy, hay wheat aromas, smells balanced, no alcohol on the nose.

T: Nice hit of grapefruit zest right up front, not overwhelming but noticeable, moderate bitterness from the hops, some hay and wheat flavors, finishes dry with grapefruit reemerging in the aftertaste, well balanced.

M: Light bodied, dry finish.

O: This is pretty tasty, well balanced, very drinkable, a beer fit for hot weather, I could have a few of these and not worry too much about ABV.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant gold under a 2” white foam cap with a slight gold tint that takes 2 minutes to reduce to 1/3 its original size. Clingy and lacy. S: Has an earthy hop aroma with light floral and hop citrus backed up by grapefruit and wheat. The fruit aromas are moderate and the grain and malt aromas are moderately low. T: Very clean tasting with grapefruit and citrus over light malt.The wheat has the character of an American wheat with no yeast driven phenolics and low to no esters. The citrus flavors from the hops work well with the added grapefruit zest. Its semi-dry with a moderate bitter hop accent on the finish. F: Very crisp and refreshing. Light to medium light body, medium high to high carbonation. O: An interesting, refreshing, well made beer.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle of unknown age. Lacking in nose, likely due to the age, but otherwise really liked this pale. The hint of grapefruit was perfect, but may have been too much when fresh? Good mouthfeel and appearance. Would buy again but would prefer to know it's age first.

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Photo of Myotus
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a weizen glass.
LOOK: Pours with two finger's worth of white foam that dissipates into a half finger's worth after 2 minutes (haven't seen a dissipation rate so beautiful in a while). Gold in color with a subtle amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are small in size and moderate in quantity. Lacing is high and thin, but quickly falls from the glass.
SMELL: Strong aromas of grapefruit meet with mild aromas of piney hops and typical fruit hop aromas: mango, papaya, peach, and apricot. Subtle sweet bready malts can also be detected.
TASTE: Very strong and sweet grapefruit flavors enter initially and are immediately followed by mild piney hop flavors and subtle fruit flavors mentioned in the aroma. Mild wheat, bitter hop, and bitter grapefruit peel flavors enter lastly as previous flavors persist, except for sweet grapefruit, which pretty much die by the end.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and highly carbonated (that always sucks). Goes down rough and finishes with a moderate dryness.
NOTE: Bitterness is a little much for me. But the grapefruit was incredible. The overcarbonation killed the mouth feel along with the dryness. Would of easily surpassed a 4 if it felt better. But based solely on taste, if you love grapefruit, this is your beer.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a bright golden-yellow color with a slight haze that has a small foamy whites head that retains shortly before settling and leaving only a ring around the glass

S- plenty of that grapefruit zest aroma up front which complements the citrus hop aromas quite nicely, adding lemon and orange peel notes as well. Underlying toasted wheat and just a hint of biscuit malt

T- crisp wheat up front with some earthy notes, the grapefruit kicks in quickly, providing a juicy citrus flavor with highlights of grapefruit & lemon zest. The finish carries more grapefruit with a toasted biscuit malt finish

M- medium-ligt body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- a tasty variation of an already great beer. Although I must say, I prefer the original

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Photo of johlac66
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a yellow gold with a tinge of orange. One finger head left a curtain of lacing.
Grapefruit zest up the nose. Citrus rind flavor with some lightly toasted biscuit underneath.
Nicely carbonated. Somewhat crisp mouthfeel. Clean, slightly bitter finish.
A well done version of an already outstanding beer.

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Photo of calitrie1486
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was an awesome brew, probably mostly in part because it was a nice change of pace from all the dark heavy stouts we had. Light, fruity and refreshing brew!

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The standard Fortunate Islands is already a great wheat ale, and grapefruit seems to be "in" regarding adjuncts. So, combining the two should be a treat I hope. From a 22 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

Half an inch of head leaves a little lacing above this translucent yellow beer with a hint of orange color. But with this special version of Fortunate Islands, I was more interested to see if the grapefruit made a significant difference. It did. The aroma hits hard with the grapefruit zest, and sneaking in is a kiss of orange. It tastes of grapefruit as well. In fact, I was thinking this was a light Grapefruit Sculpin, but with the bitterness toned down. Melon and dry biscuit at the base, and riding a light and crisp body help make this special version of Fortunate Islands incredibly refreshing.

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Fortunate Islands - Grapefruit Zest from Modern Times Beer
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 172 ratings