Fortunate Islands
Modern Times Beer

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Modern Times Beer
California, United States
American Pale Wheat Beer
Ranked #11
Ranked #7,086
4.08 | pDev: 8.33%
Jan 07, 2023
Jul 11, 2013
Fortunate Islands combines the bangin' hop aroma of an über-tropical IPA with the crisp,refreshing drinkability of a killer pale ale. We achieve this magical result by starting with a mild, nutty malt backbone, then dry-hopping the bejesus out of it with Citra and Amarillo hops. Restrained bitterness and vibrant notes of mango, tangerine, and passion fruit combine to form a sessionable crusher of mind-bending proportions. It tastes like wizards.
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Rated: 4.15 by LA2ED7

Jan 07, 2023
Rated: 4 by LAM01833 from Massachusetts

Jul 31, 2022
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Reviewed by DoctorZombies from Florida

4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
One finger of rocky white foam domes deep gold liquid with very good clarity; excellent cap retention; medium heavy lacing; solid ring; streaming carbonation. Nose is lemon and lychee. Entry is light bitter lemon peel, followed by lychee, mild grapefruit and semi sweet passion fruit; firm malt base. Light body; semi crisp feel; moderate minus carbonation; no astringency. Overall an enjoyable pale ale; good balance between bitter hops and clean light malt; tasty light bitter citrus linger. I could drink this often.
Jul 30, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts

Feb 09, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by Resistance88 from California

Dec 05, 2021
Rated: 4.22 by Meddwol from Michigan

Sep 11, 2021
Rated: 3.35 by mmmbeer89 from New Mexico

Jul 06, 2021
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Reviewed by Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Fortunate Islands pours a slightly hazy lemon, orange color with a foamy head, a little lacing and big carbonated bubbles. A sixteen ounce can dated 04/12/21 has an odd and funky aroma. The taste is very good. Has a light citrus flavor that's easy to drink and overall I would buy this beer. Thanks @RaulMondesi for sharing
Jun 17, 2021
Rated: 4 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Dec 23, 2020
Rated: 4.04 by jemsdelajems from Ghana

Dec 18, 2020
Rated: 3.63 by BigMike from Pennsylvania

Dec 04, 2020
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Reviewed by Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

2.75/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Bought a single 16 oz can $3.79 Foodland
93 days old
Hazy amber orange color
Medium mouthfeel
Light carbonation
Taste watery, light bitterness, faint citrus, not much taste.
Overall this is not a great beer. Lacks flavor and character. Would not buy again.
Sep 02, 2020
Rated: 4.28 by dfillius from Iowa

Jun 18, 2020
Rated: 4 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 12, 2020
Rated: 3 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania

Apr 20, 2020
Rated: 4.14 by jjboesen from Maryland

Mar 21, 2020
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Reviewed by monkist from Hungary

4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Well well well, am I picking up lighter beers recently or am I the one whose taste buds are going numb?
Okay, let’s get this straight: the way this beer smelled was really amazing so I got a bit too overwhelmed - and expected something outstanding, something boomingly hoppy out of this... which it wasn’t quite like.
Now, after I calm down, let me start over again. This is a Pale Wheat Ale!!! I mean... IS this a Pale Wheat Ale??? The beer smells amazing(ly hoppy), extremely fruity, no wonder it has been dry hopped just like an IPA, it says. Maybe that’s where I went wrong, expecting it to be (like) an IPA, which it is obviously not. A Pale Wheat Ale, is it a wheat ale? It is luckily not like a weizen, although it is made with wheat but without that remarkable yeast the Germans use for their beer.
I think you can tell by the looks that this is a wheat ale, it looked very wheaty, very pale and hazy but not like your IPA-hazy. The taste, on the other hand, was very crisp, had a mid- to low maltiness to the body which was quite light and on the top of it, maybe just as if the whole hops things went awol, you had the dry hopping: you have a wheat ale (without hops) dry hopped. Is this actually true? Not sure but it felt like that.
So it felt like a real refresher, with lots of orangy fruitiness to it but unlike your IPAs, it wasn’t punchy, here the taste quickly faded into lightness, almost like - like a lemonade without sugar? (if the latter was to be stood for an IPA...)
Anyway, even though it was different from what I expected, I was impressed with this beer, because I never had such a wheat beer, never had a Pale Wheat Ale before - just the Germans - and I do think that all wheat ales should be like this! I really liked the lightness of it and the way it was hopped, the way those hops created a real fruit flavor to the beer, making it almost like a Fruit and Field Beer.
A good one Modern Times, you never do wrong! Way to go!
Feb 23, 2020
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Grunt fill from Albertsons. Medium golden, light haze, small but creamy cap of white head. Light, heady grain aroma. Taste too is big on the grains, very bready. A snap of hop bitterness at the end elevated this. One of the best wheat Alex I’ve had.
Feb 08, 2020
Rated: 4.39 by a_silva_016 from Arizona

Jan 28, 2020
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Rated by adab123 from Ohio

3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Had this on tap. It was alright. Tart.
Jan 11, 2020
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